Jeremy Renner has made his first appearance as Matt Damon's replacement in a teaser trailer for "The Bourne Legacy."
The trailer, which was released by Universal Pictures on Wednesday, introduces Renner's character as "Kenneth Kitson from Reno," an unpredictable wounded soldier who is recruited by the government branch to become a CIA agent.
"The Bourne Legacy" is the first movie in the series without Damon playing the part of the title character and focuses on a new CIA operative named Aaron Cross, played by Renner, who revealed in November that his character "ends up having a bunch of different names."
The film, which is slated for release on August 3, 2012, will be the fourth in the franchise, will also star Joan Allen, Albert Finney Ed Norton and Rachel Weisz.
Damon, who appeared in three films in the series, is apparently embarrassed to have been involved with the franchise's last installment, "The Bourne Ultimatum."
"It's really the studio's fault for putting themselves in that position," Damon told GQ magazine for their January issue. "I don't blame [screenwriter] Tony [Gilroy] for taking a boatload of money and handing in what he handed in. It's just that it was unreadable. This is a career-ender. I mean, I could put this thing up on eBay and it would be 'Game Over' for that dude. It's terrible. It's really embarrassing. He was having a go, basically, and he took his money and left."
The Bourne franchise has earned over $1 billion worldwide and according to GQ, earned Damon an estimated $20 million.
Damon eventually apologized for his comments on Gilroy.
"If I didn't respect him and appreciate his talent, then I really wouldn't have cared," Damon told the Hollywood Reporter of Gilroy. "My feelings were hurt. That's all. And that's exactly why I shouldn't have said anything. This is between me and him. So saying anything publicly is [expletive] stupid and unprofessional and just kind of douchey of me."
Damon told OnTheRedCarpet.com in February that while he does not appear in "The Bourne Legacy," he would like to reprise his role as Bourne in a future movie in the series.
Gilroy took over as director of the "Bourne" franchise from "Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass. He recently told the New Yorker that Greengrass' treatment of his script was "a crime against the gods of storytelling."
Gilroy wrote the "Bourne Legacy" script with his younger brother Dan Gilroy. Their brother (and Dan's fraternal twin) John Gilroy was the film's Editor.
Renner recently appeared another spy film - the fourth "Mission Impossible" movie, "Ghost Protocol," which sees Tom Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt.
The 40-year-old California native, known for his roles in films such as "The Hurt Locker," also recently filmed "The Avengers." He plays Hawkeye, part of an extensive ensemble of superheroes, alongside actors such as Robert Downey Jr., who reprises his role as Iron Man, and Johansson, who slips back into her "Iron Man 2" catsuit to portray the Black Widow. "The Avengers" is set for release on May 4, 2012.
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