For a movie that’s about a superspy, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that details about the new Bourne movie have been difficult to come by. We’ve known very little about Matt Damon’s plans to resurrect Jason Bourne up until now. However, we’ve got the first image from the new movie, along with a few words from Damon himself about the film’s setting. So, progress.
It’s been nearly a decade since we last saw Jason Bourne on screen and this picture of Damon certainly shows a man who’s been through a lot in that time. While The Bourne Ultimatum was released in 2007 it was set in 2004, as it followed shortly after the events of the previous film. The new movie, according to Entertainment Weekly, will catch us up to the modern day. Many of the events that have occurred in our world since that time will have taken place in the film world as well, meaning that Jason Bourne has seen everything that we have, and like many of us, he hasn’t taken it well. According to Damon:
There’s been the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyberwarfare and civil liberties...We find him in a dark and tortured place.
Jason Bourne was already a former government agent with some serious issues with the government. We can image that all of these issues do not exactly cause him to change his mind in that regard. Based on comments that Matt Damon has made previously, his character will have been completely off the grid since the last film, so exactly what he’s been doing and why he’s come back are being left for the film to tell us.
We do know a few of the characters who will be surrounding Bourne this time around. Julia Stiles will be returning in her role as Nicky Parsons. Tommy Lee Jones will be playing a newly introduced CIA agent. Vincent Cassel will be playing the film’s big bad. Details are sketchy on exactly who he will be, though the word is he’s playing an assassin who’s trying to take Bourne down. Whether the assassin starts tracking Bourne after he comes out of hiding, or the assassin is the reason that Bourne comes back, is still unknown. Rounding out the cast will be Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander as a new female lead.
Behind the camera, director Paul Greengrass is also back in the director’s chair. The film is set for release this summer, so some details should at least start to be filtering out from here. We’d expect a first trailer any day now, maybe with some minor details included, like what the title is going to be, for one.