That's a wrap on Bourne 5, folks! For the first day of principle photography at least. The Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, the fifth movie in the franchise, officially got underway this week. And producer Frank Marshall has shared a first look from the set. He tweeted out a behind-the-scenes photo of a grubby, shirtless Matt Damon who is obviously getting ready to punch a bad guy in the face.
Bourne 5 reunites Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass for the first time in nearly a decade. They last collaborated on the sequel The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. Very little is known about the plot at the moment. Though, it is know that Jason Bourne and Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross will not meet up for a crossover in this outing. Julia Stiles will reprise her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons, and possible Bourne love interest.
New cast additions include Alicia Vikander, who had a turn in this summer's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel. Tommy Lee Jones is said to be playing a high-ranking CIA official. Vincent Cassel is playing the villain, described as a deadly assassin. All three characters' names have yet to be revealed. About the themes and tone of this next sequel, Matt Damon had this to say.
"Without giving too much of it away, it's Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. It seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy."
The Bourne franchise has never been a strictly popcorn blockbuster series, and has never shied away from being topical, always inserting strong and timely social commentary in-between it's thrilling action scenes and car chases. But the original trilogy is firmly stuck in the Bush-Era. Ever since Edward Snowden leaked classified documentation of the U.S. National Security Agency and its tendency to spy on the American public, surveillance, secrecy, and national security has become one of the most hot button topics of the day. One that Bourne 5 should have no problem forming itself around.
While he wouldn't say much more about the story, Matt Damon did open up about some of the on-location shooting that will take place on Bourne 5. Like previous installments, this latest sequel will travel around the globe. It starts in one truly unique place, important to the story, and ends in another, equally important, yet unexpected town. The actor explains.
"We're starting in Greece, you know, the beginning of democracy. And the movie ends in Las Vegas, the most grotesque incarnation of...."
When it hits next year, Bourne 5 is sure to have a healthy dose of political subtext. And the current state of government in the 21 Century will be reflected in whatever story is being sold. Bourne 5 is shooting as we speak. Take a look, and feel as though you are right there on the set with Jason Bourne himself.