Edward Norton to play ‘Bourne’ Villain

'Fight Club' star to go toe-to-toe with Jeremy Renner

Edward Norton looks set to sign on to play the bad guy in the new Jason Bourne movie, The Bourne Legacy.

As reported by Variety the role is still in negotiation, but it is believed that director Tony Gilroy wants a big name in the villain corner to go up against The Hurt Locker‘s Jeremy Renner.

The film will not feature the Jason Bourne character but rather Renner will play a Bourne-like agent, embroiled in the same world of espionage.

The film’s director Tony Gilroy – who replaces Paul Greengrass who in turn replaced Doug Liman – was the screenwriter for the first three Bourne movies, and will again pen The Bourne Legacy. He directed the George Clooney movie Michael Clayton. Rachel Weisz is also on signed on to the movie.

Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton would have met on-screen in The Avengers with the former playing Hawkeye and the latter, Hulk, but Norton chose not to be a part of the comic-book team up and was replaced by Mark Ruffalo.

Edward Norton is currently filming the new Wes Anderson film, Moonrise Kingdom, alongside Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand.

The Bourne Legacy is due for release in the UK on 17 August 2012.