James Franco as The Bourne...
Why He’s Perfect:
Ask the Hollywood rumour mill. If you believe the Chinese whispers emerging from the industry, Franco has as good as bagged himself the lead in the new Bourne franchise, although crucially, he won’t be playing Bourne himself. He’ll likely be another victim of Treadstone’s brainwash-heavy training program, possibly a contemporary of the great man himself.
So would he be up to the job? Well, his performance in
would suggest he’d be up to the task physically, and we already know he’s got charm and warmth in spades. Okay, so he might not have a lot of action credits on his CV, but Matt Damon was hardly Arnie when he joined the series. Franco is the frontrunner by a distance, and to our minds, an excellent choice.
We don’t want Franco doing a straight cover version of Damon’s performance. We’d like to see his character as a more louche, fun-loving operative, so a boozy seduction scene would be most welcome.
But if Franco can't do it...