‘The Bourne Legacy’ clip: Jeremy Renner takes to the rooftops

Will Perkins
Wide Screen
July 19, 2012

Move over Jason Bourne! There's a new elite super agent in town and his name is Aaron Cross. Debuting online yesterday, the first clip from "The Bourne Legacy" shows new franchise hero Cross (Jeremy Renner) executing a daring escape and rescue on the claustrophobic slums of Manila.

Though the clip is barely a minute long, Renner definitely gives viewers a taste of the action, scaling walls, leaping across rooftops, and getting the drop (literally) on two unsuspecting police officers who have his companion, Marta (Rachel Weisz), cornered. It's a to-the-point tease for the film, one that proves that director Tony Gilroy (who wrote the first three "Bourne" movies) is trying to keep "The Bourne Legacy" close to the spirit of the previous movies.

Watch Aaron Cross in action below:

Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" isn't so much a sequel to the other "Bourne" films as it is a side story that takes place during the events of the other movies. While Renner's Aaron Cross is beating up cops in the Philippines, Matt Damon's Jason Bourne is presumably off pummeling law enforcement, soldiers, or intelligence agents somewhere else in the world. How exactly Damon's character fits into this fourth film in the series isn't entirely clear yet, but the actor will likely have a cameo of some kind in the movie.

See also: Learn more about Jeremy Renner

When director Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Supremacy," "The Bourne Ultimatum") dropped out of the "The Bourne Legacy," so too did Damon, saying that he would not do another movie unless Greengrass was involved. In a recent interview with E! Online, Damon did say he'd be open to a fifth "Bourne" movie, but added that if "Legacy" is a success, he expects the franchise to move on without him. That's probably for the best at this point. Damon didn't have many kind things to say about "Legacy" director Gilroy's work on the previous films in a January interview with GQ, calling his script for the last "Bourne" movie "terrible," "embarrassing," and "a career-ender." Yikes.

See more: Jeremy Renner earns $5 million for 'Bourne'

Damon clearly has a bit of a beef with the director, but whatever the actor thought of Gilroy's script work on the "Bourne" franchise to date, Gilroy's previous directorial efforts — most notably the award winning "Michael Clayton" — speak for themselves. It's a safe bet that "The Bourne Legacy" is in good hands, at least in the action department, and now this clip goes a long way towards proving that.

See also: Matt Damon: Why I quit playing 'Bourne'

The film co-stars Edward Norton, Joan Allen, David Straithairn, and Albert Finney. "The Bourne Legacy" arrives in theatres on Aug. 10th.

What to Read Next

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

The Most Common Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder

Learn What Bipolar Is and What It Isn't... Search For The Most Common Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder - Here

Kick off summer with big savings at Levi's®

Last day to get 30% off sitewide. Use Code: MEMDAY at checkout. Shop this deal exclusively at Levi.com today.

Resort-style amenities in Loudoun County

Enjoy privacy in a new, secluded cul-de-sac home while taking in breathtaking views. Community includes trails, gym and huge pool. From the low $600s.

8 Warning Signs of RA

What Does Arthritis Does To Your Body? Search For Arthritis Symptoms - Here