Jeremy Renner Takes 'Bourne' Reins

The billion-dollar 'Bourne' film franchise launches its next blockbuster with a new lead star.
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-- easy to take over a wildly successful film franchise but with a pedigree that includes a role in the avengers and two Oscar nominations Jeremy -- may be the right man for the job he tells ABC's Chris Connolly about his on the likely have. Tell action star. Not extend it'll be universal that the board franchise and 41 year old Jeremy Renner. Playing the lead in the Bourne legacy. Jason -- was the tip of the iceberg. The fourth of the wildly successful Bourne series. Based on the Robert Ludlum novels about an -- Jack who must battle -- are under array of government agency operatives. But the first film not to feature Matt Damon. You can -- Jason forms the whole story. Is a lot more going on here. What is the sense of responsibility like for you. Carrying this friendship it's a huge responsibility. Disposed -- doesn't change anything. However there were ten days and a movie -- 200 -- it's the same amount of commitment. This film is closer handoff -- the -- Renner is putting -- forward he's serious crimes. A similar. -- to be wild worry. And it doesn't hurt -- -- would -- box office battle with the two time Oscar nominees. It's no secret what a massive search the finest -- we needed someone who is just bad -- having tested the death. Using high octane chases with its building -- -- -- facts. -- legacy links -- character with Rachel -- medical -- vote on the run from their government puppet -- It's like high speed chess is a great intelligence to immaterial and I don't think it really gets any better than that. To me and send -- It's an overdue opportunity for renter who in the avengers and in Mission Impossible ghost protocol. -- Got a first rate action of transition because -- jump. Yeah. What did you learn from working with a guy like Tom Cruise who's been at the world had to work ethic -- preparation can not get injured the year's jump in your flipped it yet. And it over and over and over and over and over it. Renner struggled when he first arrived in LA financially surviving with a skill not often found in a future actions star. As make reports. Of all things great job kept not only three to audition and then we candidates work in a couple days and put makeup on -- -- And not a bad game -- He eventually caught the -- of director Kathryn Bigelow for the bomb expert William James in the Hurt Locker we got a lot of guys on -- James imagine that. The good news -- it would win best picture the Hurt Locker. And with a runner among some rarefied company what was strange about that for -- Would you like a -- -- can you pass them to the cream from my -- in -- that's just weird who who's putting this situation. It's like to bring your mother the Academy Awards. Was really wonderful. So did union -- -- With the Bourne legacy now that piece of an unusual career in movies where stars are typically form in this morning. -- can look back without saying what makes it better that all this is happening to you now becomes -- Long long long. Like a big big mountain and feels a little bit more. Precious -- fellows at the top I'm Chris Connolly for Nightline in Los Angeles.

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