Thesps will reprise roles, provide continuity to 'Bourne Legacy'

Though the “Bourne” franchise is moving on without Matt Damon, a pair of familiar cast members signal that Universal plans to keep “The Bourne Legacy” set within the same world as the first three installments.

Joan Allen and Albert Finney are in negotiations to reprise their respective roles as a CIA agent and a doctor, key members of the superagent factory Operation Treadstone.Tony Gilroy is directing from a script he penned about another assassin — not Jason Bourne — who trained in the same program, to be played by Jeremy Renner. Other newcomers to the “Bourne” franchise include Rachel Weisz and Oscar Isaaks, with Edward Norton in talks to play a villain, as Variety first reported July 12.

Allen first appeared in sequel “The Bourne Supremacy” in 2004 as Pam Landy, a CIA agent trying to capture Bourne; she reappeared in the third chapter, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” in 2007. Finney also appeared in a small role in “Ultimatum” as Dr. Albert Hirsch, a behavior-modification expert overseeing the assassin training project.

The reprised characters show that “Legacy” will not be a total reboot but, rather, will have ties to the original trilogy, Damon or no Damon.

Frank Marshall, Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner are producing. Allen is repped by ICM, Finney by Simkins Partnership.

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