by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Even though Jeremy Renner did a decent job in trying to take over the Bourne franchise, fans wanted Matt Damon back in the saddle. Damon made it known his return would be contingent on director Paul Greengrass stepping back behind the camera and Universal made it happen.
Not much has been divulged about the plot for Bourne 5, but that changed recently thanks to an interview Damon did on Buzzfeed. The actor talked a little bit about how he and Greengrass had kept in touch since The Bourne Ultimatum and talked about where the character of Jason Bourne could possibly go:
We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change.
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.
We’re starting in Greece, you know, the beginning of democracy. And the movie ends in Las Vegas, the most grotesque incarnation of…
The actor cut himself off before finishing the sentence, probably afraid of revealing too much too soon.
It’s good to see that the Bourne saga is trying to keep up to date and current with the geo-political issues. Like the James Bond films, much has changed in the spy game since the series started, so evolution and not falling behind the times is key.
Returning alongside Damon onscreen will be Julia Stiles. Newcomers Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander have signed on for the upcoming film, which begins principal shooting next week. Viggo Mortensen was rumored to be in line to play the major baddie of the film, but nothing concrete has come out for that as of yet.
Bourne 5 is expected to hit theaters July 29, 2016.