Director Tony Gilroy reportedly wants to cast Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) in the lead role of Universal Pictures' The Bourne Legacy. However, the studio is also considering the actor to play The Huntsman in their upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman.
We reported last month that Joel Edgerton was a contender for The Bourne Legacy lead along with Garrett Hedlund, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Shia LaBeouf and Taylor Kitsch. It seems Universal is looking for a more bankable name with worldwide recognition for The Bourne Legacy lead, a character named Martin who also went through the same Treadstone program that Jason Bourne did.
It seems the studio would rather have Joel Edgerton play the Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman, which already has Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron attached. The Huntsman role is currently vacant after we reported last week that Hugh Jackman turned down the role.
James McAvoy is believed to be another contender for The Bourne Legacy along with Shia LaBeouf. Both projects are high priorities for Universal, with plans to start filming both movies later this year.