Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Taylor Kitsch, Benjamin Walker.
That’s a schizophrenic list. Michael Fassbender and Paul Dano up for the same role? Wha? And Michael Pitt? Really?
If there’s a more glaring illustration of our lack of action heroes in Hollywood, I’d be afraid to see it. This list has some interesting names - Joel Edgerton? Sure. Fassbender? He’s up for every movie ever now, and there’s no way that Prometheus gives him time for this, but sure. - but Paul Dano? Alex Pettyfer? Garrett Fucking Hedlund?
I think what this really tells us is that the studio and Gilroy both have their visions of who the new Bourne character is*. I bet Gilroy wants the good ones and the studio wants the pretty ones.
*You’ll recall that The Bourne Legacy introduces a new character, leaving the door open for Matt Damon to return if he would like.