Movie News

Rachel Weisz to be the new Bourne girl?

Published at: May 10, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It seems like "in-talks" is the new "signed," as we get a good dozen a week. Some pan out, some don't, but the way news is reported now there's nothing to do but join in on the discussion no matter how premature we get.

Case in point, there's a new story over at Deadline that says Rachel Weisz is in talks to be the new Bourne girl... Until we get a new Bond in development I have to call some spy's female the "___" Girl... it's just the way you talk about these things, right?

Jeremy Renner is the new lead. It's not a direct sequel/remake, but more a spin-off with Renner playing an operative in yet another dangerous covert government program. Renner's great and Weisz is awesome, so I've got nothing bad to say about this pairing.

I felt Weisz hasn't really gotten her moment to shine in a big action flick. The closest is The Mummy Returns and when that's the closest you've gotten to the sun you're likely a little cold, I'd imagine.

What do you folks think?

-Quint
quint@aintitcool.com
Follow Me On Twitter

Readers Talkback

comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • May 10, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Thirst

    by teddy_duchamp

  • May 10, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Woody Harrelson cast as Haymitch in "The Hunger Games" too

    by Kammich

    hmm i hope he treats Katniss like Randy Quaid in "Kingpin"

  • May 10, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Weisz was fantastic in The Constant Gardener

    by elvenblade

    I think she'd really shine in a film set in the Bourne universe.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I think you're underrating the "Mummy" films, that's what

    by Uncle Pooky

  • May 10, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Rachel Weisz had her face butchered

    by thedarklingthrush

    after the Mummy. Seriously, I don't understand why super hot actresses who have made millions already want to change their face all around.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Well she's a Bond girl in real life

    by MaxCalifornia.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Enemy At The Gates

    by MegaBeth

    was her best movie. I think she had plastic surgery because she is over 40 and wants to keep working. So I can't blame her for that.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:37 p.m. CST

    The only bad thing I have to say is about Nordling

    by Majority

    That stupid fuck

  • May 10, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Renner don't do this...

    by Mr Soze

    Don't go down this career path...

  • May 10, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    To be honest, I'm looking more forward to the next Jack Ryan movie

    by Andy Pandy

    Bourne should be put on the back burner for a bit. It used to be that Hollywood would wait a few decades to introduce remakes, nowadays, like with Spider-man, it's only a few years.

  • May 10, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Wait, so Renner is not playing Bourne, but this is a Bourne movie?

    by Huey_Freemans_afro

    This is one of those bad ideas ala XXX: State of the Union starring Ice Cube instead of Vin Diesel. Or Halloween III: Season of the Witch without Michael Myers.

  • May 10, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    Joan Allen's Landy not coming back?

    by Drath

    Honestly this Bourne-less Bourne movie idea sucks, but they are certainly attracting some excellent actors so long as they couldn't get Damon to do something people would want to actually see. But so far nothing about the actress that would be a very welcome familiar face! Joan Allen's Pamela Landy seems like a good "M" for the franchise to keep bringing back, and I'd like to hear they've worked her in as the common thread of the previous movies and the next set. Or something like that. Anyway, more Brian Cox would be nice too if his character hadn't eaten a bullet. Maybe Albert Finney?

  • They're just gonna throw something into the Bourne universe that has nothing to do with continuity. Most movies that attempt this totally blow.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    If Rachel's ass makes an appearance I'm all for it.

    by AidanJames

  • May 10, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Thought she was the villain in Bond?

    by Andrew Coleman

    I remember reading a while ago Same Mendes saying she would play the leader of Quantum in the new Bond film? I really liked that idea. Female Bond villains were always just over the top. She could play a realistic, board room type villain. With her in this now I doubt that will happen.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    She was pretty good in Agora, check it out if you haven't.

    by mistergreen

  • May 10, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    and about the plastic surgery...

    by AidanJames

    I don't get it either. Are all these actresses actually looking at Nicole Kidman and going "Yeah... I'd LOVE to have a completely static upper lip... that'll help me emote." I seriously believe there should be national laws to have a before and after of Nicole Kidman's face on the door of every plastic surgeon in the world. It's even worse on network TV. There was that chick on Lost who looked like a "why not to get botox" advertisement that I remember. Vividly. And I swear if you find yourself channel surfing mid-day and you mute the tv and turn on a soap opera it's like watching a camera pointed at canvas paintings with a bit of wind behind them. Why is the lip thing in particular catching on? Stand in front of a mirror and pull your upper lip down as hard as you can. Feel younger? Too bad bitch because that's what you're going to look like after the botox shots. Only worse.

  • May 10, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Bourne-less, Bourne.

    by OldDickLemon

    Hasn't it already been reported that Renner will in fact be playing Jason Bourne, it just won't be the same Jason Bourne Damon played? Something along the lines of Jason Bourne is a name used for a series of mind wiped operatives and Renner's character is the successor to Damons. I swear I didn't make this up in my head.

  • May 10, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Too old.

    by Mel

  • Oh yeah, because it'll sell better that way. Christ...

  • May 10, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Better have Powell's score. That's non-negotiable.

    by CreasyBear

    And without Greengrass directing, sigh, I just don't know about this. And seriously, I'm not baiting those annoying "shaky-cam!" whiners. Greengrass' directing -- not just the editing -- made the Bourne movies great, giving a surge of intensity and excitement to the franchise after Liman's first one, which was serviceable, but not nearly as powerful as Supremacy and Ultimatum (though Ultimatum's plot was just a retread of the second one).

  • May 10, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    why worry about continuity now?

    by mcgillj

    Sorry.. but someone talking about throwing in characters NOT in the Bourne universe? Umm.. they made Conklin a VILLAIN! The Chris Cooper character.... that was Webb's BROTHER in the book... the original film threw the book continuity out the window from FRAME 1. Damon was in his early 30s? Bourne was FIFTY! Not that the trilogy were excellent movies.. but.. its hard to really be bitching about people not following continuity now when they never have before..

  • Oh yeah, "branding"...

  • May 10, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Pics of GTFO....shes cute but not a bond girl :shrug:

    by strykebr

  • May 10, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Dude, don't call them "Bourne Girls"

    by Sean

    I see what your trying to do. And no. Stop that.

  • May 10, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    No Ludlum, no Damon = no Bourne.

    by BiggusDickus

    Not interested in the slightest...

  • May 11, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    They should call it Bourne on the Fourth of July

    by rosasaks

    Then they can say it's a sequel to two different franchises. And it would be the fourth film and it it could open in July. The title advertises itself.

  • May 11, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    lol strykebr .....BOURNE girl...not Bond girl

    by Mel

    im laughing at you, but i read it as "bond" the first time, too...since ive NEVER heard the phrase "bourne girl."

  • May 11, 2011, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Bourne Girl? No, Bourne Woman...

    by gaygoonie

    She's not a girl. Which is a good thing.

  • May 11, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Why Are We Mentioning The Word BOURNE At All?

    by Cheif Brody

    Why can't the studio just BALL UP and CREATE A NEW CHARACTER? Instead of instantly drawing comparisons to what Matt Damon has already established? <p> Does "The BOURNE" Identity, Supremecy, Hysterectomy have THAT MUCH cache that you cant just call Renner's character "HARRY FUCKIN' SMITH" and NOT be worried about the fucking "audience retention scores" and "franchise recognition algorythms" nonsense? <p> C'mon UNIVERSAL....WE DON'T CARE IF IT'S A "BOURNE" MOVIE OR NOT! We just want a GREAT STORY!! <p> If Damon is "done" with BOURNE movies...so should YOU be! We won't notice if the new incarnation "feels like a BOURNE film". Just name Renner "Harvey Wallbanger"....WE WON'T CARE....as long as the story rings true. <p> Jesus Christ...Hollywood makes me sick.

  • more as a colleague or something, can't see her and renner as an on screen couple.

  • May 11, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Agora

    by The_Skook

    Yup, she was great as Hypatia in 'Agora'. Not a huge Hollywood movie, but why does that mean someone's big break huh? By the way, women can be spies too. They don't HAVE to be some spy's 'female'. Twenty first century anyone..?

  • May 11, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    I'm with creepythinmanforever....

    by john_nada

    ...Halloween III is a fantastic flick. So it aint Michael Myers, but so what. Wish the concept of a different "Halloween" idea each time out would have caught on. The Silver Shamrock song still comes to mind every October!

  • May 11, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    this time, everybody gets amnesia EXCEPT Bourne

    by Spandau Belly

    there's your movie!

  • May 11, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Weisz in AGORA

    by Spandau Belly

    She gave a great nuanced performance, but it was in a mediocre movie. Parts of it (the score especially) even felt tv-ish.

  • ...or is he a guy who's still okay with the idea of being a brainwashed government assassin who murders people who don't tick all the right boxes, re: US foreign policy because they're, y'know, fuckin' evil an' shit? The former seems both wildly coincidental and redundant while the latter sounds like a male-starring version of 'Dollhouse', but with a potato-faced guy killing people instead of sexy chicks with the potential for lots of sexy stuff. And lesbians. Maybe they should call it 'Guyhouse'?

  • May 11, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Halloween 3...How can a fucker NOT love that film

    by conspiracy

    a plot to murder millions of kids by unleashing dark power of Gaelic witchery..turning their cute little heads into a ball of vile insects! Whats not to love about that fuckers?! As for Rachel...Hot girl...I'd tongue her ass; and really...in actions movies, the female lead is all about being Eye candy with a gun and some stunts...so I guess given I want to force my tongue up her luscious gravy dispenser she'll work out just fine in my eyes.

  • May 11, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    More intrigue, less revenge

    by RogueWarrior65

    Seriously, they need to quit spending time on the revenge aspects of this and more time on real spy shit. Weisz is a good choice. Renner? Meh. The storyline and attention to detail in The Hurt Locker was what made that film good.

  • May 11, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I really hope you're right, olddicklemon

    by spacehog

    Because that would be hilarious—not only would keeping track of these guys get needlessly confusing, but continuing to name operatives "Jason Bourne" would be like christening a new space shuttle "Challenger." And yet I'm convinced this is exactly what they're going to do. It's like they heard the old theory about "James Bond" being a code name for multiple people and ran with it, without thinking it through.

  • a James Bond without Bond. STUPID

  • May 11, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    when I read this I thought she was the Bourne spy.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Haha, demoted to the typical supporting woman role.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Why not just do something like this . . .

    by Nick

    Have Renner's character go after Bourne and for the first time in the series show the hunt from the perspective of the HUNTER not the HUNTED. And as Renner tracks him down, he starts to discover Treadstone's dirty little secrets and begins to realize that perhaps he's playing for the wrong team. Ten times better than anything they are thinking about now.

  • May 11, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Isn't she MILF material now?

    by Amazing Maurice

  • May 11, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Another "Joan Allen's Landy or GTFO" here.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    She's a great actress and hers was a great character. Jesus, Renner's dance card is getting pretty goddamned full...

  • May 11, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I hear that Renner is trying to make a Steve McQueen biopic.

    by alan_poon

    Runty little fuck should know his limitations.

  • May 11, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Jesus

    by Sanyi

    I read the headline wrong. I thought it's about a Bond movie. And I see: Bourne-girl! whatever. Weisz is great by the way. love her

  • May 11, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Rumor has it, she's a human "Slip'n Slide"

    by Nick

    Serious Squirter once you get inside her.

  • May 11, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    natalieportmansyummyafterbirth: I wish you hadn't shared that rumor...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...getting any work done this afternoon will now be impossible... [heads for the men's room, clutching half-gallon Vaseline® bottle and carton of Kleenex® tissues]

  • May 11, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Hmmm..

    by Mathieu Genest

    Make me thirsty! I like her.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Hmmm..

    by Mathieu Genest

    Make me thirsty! I like her.

  • May 11, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I like her. She’s weiszty.

    by frank

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    This was talked about ages ago.

    by catlettuce4

    Before the problems that halted production. As I recall, she is being looked at as the head figure behind Quantum. Yep, really.

  • May 11, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Annnnd...

    by catlettuce4

    That would be Bond. Jeez, Bourne? Who cares. Is she reprising her role from Chain Reaction or what?

  • May 12, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    by mikedh

    "Jason Bourne Presents"

  • May 12, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    she got her big action-flick already

    by Derek

    it was called eragon

  • May 13, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Rachel Weisz is over 40?

    by snappy

    Still would.