Stories about "short lists" are becoming quite the trend with the Hollywood press these days, and here comes another one: according to Variety, writer/director Tony Gilroy has been reading a bunch of actors for the lead role in the new 'Bourne' movie, 'The Bourne Legacy' -- lesser-known guys like Kellan Lutz and Taylor Kitsch, but also bigger names like Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Garrett Hedlund. Meanwhile, Deadline adds the following names to this growing list of guys who may or may not take the role: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Benjamin Walker.

And no, they won't be stepping into the specific role that's been vacated by Matt Damon. 'Bourne Legacy' will focus on ... someone who's not Jason Bourne, which is sort of confusing since the character's name is on all three four films. Scheduled to shoot this spring, the new 'Bourne' franchise is now Gilroy's baby all the way, given that he's written all four movies and has now inherited the director's chair.

But hey, at least the franchise is headed in a fresh new direction, right? Probably. According to Variety, "the focus on a new character will allow for the possibility that Matt Damon could return to the franchise in some fashion." This is starting to sound more and more like a continuation we simply do not need, which wouldn't be all that unusual, of course, but it's annoying because the first trilogy is such a consistently cool series.

'The Bourne Legacy' is due in theaters on August 3rd, 2012.
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