We’ve known for a while that Universal is planning a prequel/spin-off to their highly successful Jason Bourne franchise, but they’ve yet to find an actor to play the lead. According to several sources, director and screenwriter Tony Gilroy has cast a very wide net on potential candidates for the primary role in The Bourne Legacy. They include everyone from 20 year old Alex Pettyfer to Australian actor Joel Edgerton. Check out the complete shortlist below…

The Bourne Legacy will focus on a new character, which will leave it open for the possibility of Matt Damon returning to the franchise down the line. Legacy doesn’t center on Jason Bourne but a new assassin with a similar background as him.

According to Variety and Deadline, these are the actors who’ve been mentioned as Bourne possibilities.

  • Alex Pettyfer
  • Joel Edgerton
  • Josh Hartnett
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Paul Dano
  • Michael Pitt
  • Oscar Isaac
  • Garrett Hedlund
  • Kellan Lutz
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Luke Evans
  • Taylor Kitsch
  • Benjamin Walker

This is truly an interesting bunch of actors. At first glance, we’re not sure what type of look they’re going for. Dano doesn’t exactly strike us as an action star but then again, Damon didn’t seem like the best bet for the series and look how he turned out. The trade claims that no one is currently in the lead for the role, but they’re all being looked at.

Who do you think would make the best Bourne?