It's been nine years since we last saw Matt Damon's Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum, and many fans thought we'd never see him again on the big screen. In the years that followed the 2007 action-thriller, Matt Damon had stated that he wouldn't return as Bourne unless Paul Greengrass, who directed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, was directing. Back in January 2015, Universal Pictures finally confirmed that Bourne 5 was coming, which was later titled Jason Bourne. We got our first look at the sequel back in February with the first trailer. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who revealed new plot details.
Matt Damon himself revealed last year that the story is set in the "post-Snowden world", referencing former NSA analyst Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of classified documents that revealed how the government was spying on the American public. The movie will be exploring the nature of spy agencies and civil liberties. The actor also teased that Bourne is in Europe, with the production shooting in several locations such as Greece and Las Vegas. When asked what this amnesiac super-spy has been up to for the past decade, Paul Greengrass had this to say to EW.
"He's been in the shadows of Europe. He's been active and he's been doing hard physical work. Definitely not sunning himself on the beach."
In the intervening years between The Bourne Ultimatum and this adventure, Matt Damon had often said they hadn't found a story that was worth returning to the franchise for. While we still don't have too many plot details, Matt Damon actually co-wrote the script with Paul Greengrass and Christopher Rouse (Captain Phillips, Green Zone). The director also revealed that it was Matt Damon's commitment to getting in shape for the movie that really sealed the deal for him.
"You don't make a movie unless you're 1000 percent committed to make the best movie we can, and you don't make this kind of movie unless you think it can be a worthy successor to the other movies we made. That phenomenal Jason Bourne shape was a segment of intent. It gave all of us the most immense shock, because you think 'Oh my god. This is weird. This is Jason Bourne, and he's back. That's sort of exciting."
Matt Damon is joined by new cast additions such as Alicia Vikander, 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, with Alicia Vikander playing a cyber-specialist. Julia Stiles is also returning as Nicky from the original trilogy, with other supporting cast members include Riz Ahmed, Neve Gachev and Scott Shepherd. Jason Bourne has been given a July 29 release date, with this sequel going up against STX Entertainment's Bad Moms. Are you excited to see this super-spy back in action this summer?