Tony Gilroy is casting a wide net in his hunt for an assassin to replace Jason Bourne.
Deadline and Variety report the writer-director is meeting this week with half the hot young actors in Hollywood for the lead in The Bourne Legacy, the spinoff that Universal hopes will keep the lucrative franchise alive. Jake Gyllenhaal’s reportedly on the list. So is Alex Pettyfer. And Michael Pitt, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Fassbender, Kellan Lutz, Tobey Maguire, Taylor Kitsch, Benjamin Walker and Paul Dano.
Wait, Paul Dano?
According to Variety, no frontrunner has emerged. But Gilroy, who wrote the previous Bourne films — The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, which grossed nearly $1 billion combined worldwide — and wrote and directed Michael Clayton, wants to screen-test all contenders, which could give lesser-known candidates a leg up while creating a hurdle for more established actors.
Gilroy reportedly wants to move quickly on casting, as production is set to begin in the spring for an announced Aug. 3, 2012, release.