'The Bourne Legacy' trailer: Jeremy Renner steps into Matt Damon's shoes


Matt Damon isn't in "The Bourne Legacy," but his, uh, legacy hangs heavy over the trailer for the film.

The fourth movie based on Robert Ludlum's novels (though it's not taken from the book called "The Bourne Legacy") stars Jeremy Renner ("The Avengers") as Aaron Cross (or Kenneth Gidson), an operative whose skill set is described in the trailer as "Treadstone without the inconsistency." The movie picks up after the events of "The Bourne Ultimatum," with several actors, including Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Albert Finney, reprising their roles.

First-time "Bourne" director Tony Gilroy (he wrote or co-wrote the first three movies) doesn't skimp on the franchise's action sequences: There's a knockout motorcycle chase featured about two-thirds of the way through the trailer, and the stunt work looks pretty fantastic. The trailer doesn't do much to clarify the plot, but it's apparently still very much about Jason Bourne. The CIA is still looking for him, and everyone freaks out when word leaks that he's made his way to New York (you'll even see Damon's face in a news broadcast at the 1:12 mark).

"The Bourne Legacy" also stars Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. It hits theaters Aug. 3.

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