"Jason Bourne was the tip of the iceberg!" So sneers Edward Norton in the new teaser trailer for "The Bourne Legacy." And how, Eddie! Starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross (though he calls himself Kenneth in the clip; hmmmm), "Legacy" moves away from Matt Damon's Jason Bourne character, instead focusing on Renner's new agent, a new spy breeding ground (Outcome and Edward Norton), and the seemingly always-duplicitous Treadstone (hey, Joan Allen, David Straithairn and Albert Finney).
Tony Gilroy wrote and directed "Legacy," which might explain why the shaky-cam aesthetic has been dropped in favor of a more straightforward approach. Gilroy was famously on the receiving end of a Matt Damon smack-down late last year, but despite those differences, even the original Jason Bourne is hoping the new film succeeds. Well, sorta.
"I think if ['Bourne Legacy'] doesn't work, we can just ignore it and pretend it didn't happen, and that'd be fine," Damon told KCRW in December. "But I expect that it will work and only help us if we did another one, which I'd love to do."
Judging from the trailer, Damon's instinct might be right. After all: "Legacy" does feature some variation on the "Inception" horn. That thing sells tickets!
"The Bourne Legacy" is due out in theaters on Aug. 3