Bourne Legacy Featurette Explains Links Between New Movie and Trilogy

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The Bourne Legacy makes no claims to stand on its own, apart from the trilogy that gave this new movie, opening Aug. 10, any life at all. In fact, Universal studio executives want you to know all about the connection, hoping for any added boost Legacy can gain from its predecessors.

In a new featurette, with behind-the-scenes clips with new Bourne stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton lending some thoughts on the subject, we learn that Legacy ties in quite tidily to the Matt Damon Bourne trilogy—especially the third movie, The Bourne Ultimatum.

Bourne Legacy writer/director Tony Gilroy explains that his original story based out of the Robert Ludlum-created world takes place at the “exact same time” as the other three movies and once the CIA’s secret operation goes public—thanks to Mr. Bourne in the final installment—there created a “ripple effect for other projects,” causing fear to creep into the government and create a renewed effort to find and shut down anything that could lend itself to bad publicity.

To lend credence to the same agency/different agent idea, Renner’s character, Aaron Cross, plays an agent akin to Jason Bourne, while Gilroy reminds us in the new video that Bourne wasn’t the only agent out there—Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn make a return to the roles they played in the trilogy.

Apart from a few new clips and a few new quotes—Renner calls this movie “high octane” and Weisz says it is “raw, exciting, dangerous, edgy and sexy”—one thing about Bourne remains, no matter which variety: There’s going to be a ton of action (trailer below).