Rising action star Jeremy Renner is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. But now the hot star is hitting the big screen in a big way taking over Matt Damon’s Bourne saga in the action spy thriller, The Bourne Legacy.

Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Town, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol), is set to become a bonafide star thanks to his new role in The Bourne Legacy.

In the Bourne Legacy, Renner picks up where Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne’s character left off playing Aaron Cross, one of six agents in a program called Outcome. Unlike the CIA’s Treadstone, Outcome agents have been developed and trained for use by the Department of Defense. More than assassins, Outcome agents are designed for use in isolated, high-risk, long-term intelligence assignments. The behavioral science that was suggested as the underpinning of the Treadstone agents has been upgraded and advanced, but it’s the shared origins of these two programs that makes Outcome so vulnerable as Bourne’s story becomes public knowledge.

And once Eric Byer (Edward Norton) decides to dismantle the group by eliminated all the agents, Cross, once cut free of the leash, makes for an even more dangerous threat to his creators.

At The Bourne Legacy press day, Renner talked about doing his own stunts and why he chose to take on the part of super spy Aaron Cross.

The Bourne Legacy (Universal) opens Friday, August 10 and stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn

—Edited by Toni-Marie Ippolito

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