Jason Bourne may not be making an appearance in The Bourne Legacy but that doesn't mean we won't see key characters from his recent past in Universal's spin-off of the franchise. Two such characters will apparently be Pam Landy and Dr. Albert Hirsch to be reprised by Joan Allen and Albert Finney, respectively. The two thespians are the latest to join the previously-confirmed stars Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton and Oscar Isaac. Director Tony Gilroy is leading the production, based on a script he wrote.
As to the story itself, Gilroy explained the premise a few months back with:
"This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter...this is a stand-alone project," said Gilroy.
"The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal," Gilroy added. "Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I'm building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy... the world we're making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne's return [down the road]."
The Bourne Legacy arrives in theaters August 3, 2012.