Jeremy Renner 'can't wait' for Steve McQueen role

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The fourth film in the spy thriller series based on the Jason Bourne novels created by Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader, The Bourne Legacy is the first film to feature someone other than Matt Damon in its leading role. The story resumes after the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum, with a new cast of characters struggling to deal with the aftermath left by Jason Bourne. Jeremy Renner stars as the main character, Aaron Cross/Kenneth Gidson, an agent of Operation Outcome, while Edward Norton, Joan Allen & Rachel Weisz fill in the supporting roles.
August 14th, 2012

Jeremy Renner ''can't wait'' to play his hero Steve McQueen in a forthcoming biopic.

The 'Bourne Legacy' star is set to take on the role of the Hollywood legend in a new film - which is loosely based on Marshall Terrill's 1993 biography, 'Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel' - and the 41-year-old actor admits it will be ''really tough'' to portray the 'Great Escape' star.

Jeremy said: ''I think he's an icon. I've seen quite a few of his movies and I just thought he would be a really interesting guy to explore.

''Biopics are really tough - it's hard to tell someone's life story in two hours. He was a walking dichotomy: the most stingy and frugal person, and then the most giving. And his upbringing was interesting.

''The film will be more a slice of life rather than an entire life, but we're still figuring it out. I can't wait to jump into it.''

Jeremy's latest movie sees him star as government-trained assassin Aaron Cross in 'The Bourne Legacy', but he has no interest in taking on the role of lead character Jason Bourne - who was played by Matt Damon in the first three instalments of the franchise but doesn't appear in the current film - in the series.

He added: ''I would never ever play Jason Bourne. I don't want to take over someone else's role. You could throw me whatever amount of money and it's still not going to happen. I'm a fan of the Bourne series; I feel that as an actor, I fit into it.''