Back in February, fans got their first look at Jason Bourne in the Super Bowl trailer, which revealed the official title for the first time. We haven't seen any more footage since then, but earlier today, the Universal Pictures UK YouTube channel unveiled two brief trailer teasers, which reveal the second trailer will arrive on Thursday, April 21. These brief snippets of footage show that Matt Damon's title character is back and better than ever, while giving us a brief look at a new character played by Alicia Vikander.
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 exposed 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 set in Europe, with the production shooting in several locations such as Greece and Las Vegas.
It's been nine long years since we last saw Jason Bourne in 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, with director Paul Greengrass teasing earlier this month that he has been spending his time in Europe, "doing hard physical work." As we can see in these videos, his skills have certainly not diminished. 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).
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.
Production started back in September, when we got a peek at Matt Damon on set. The actor revealed this fall that, while Jason Bourne did get his memory back in 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum, it's been 12 years since that adventure, which was set in 2004, and he still doesn't quite know everything that happened to him. Take a look at these new trailer previews, and be sure to check back on Thursday for the second full trailer for Jason Bourne.