Jason Bourne: ‘It’s Not a Whole New Chapter’

Matt Damon on Bourne 5, and where Jason Bourne will be heading...

On Sunday, we finally got the first footage from the upcoming fifth Bourne movie, now called Jason Bourne. Matt Damon returns in the title role for the fourth time, and director Paul Greengrass is back too, directing his third Bourne movie.

A few more details have now emerged about the movie, courtesy of an interview that Damon has done with Entertainment Weekly where he discusses how Jason Bourne fits in following the apparent conclusion of the character’s story in The Bourne Ultimatum.

“He’s living with the same things as he was before, and then he goes to find Julia Stiles’ character, who basically says ‘Just because you remember everything, doesn’t mean you know everything.’ So you find him in a place that’s dark and unresolved,” Damon said.

“This is the completion of this journey that started in The Bourne Identity,” he continues. “It’s part of the first three, it’s not a whole new chapter. It feels like the conclusion, even though we’re not saying it’s the conclusion, it feels like the conclusion of my identity journey. It goes deeper than Ultimatum, basically.”

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The new film will open up with an austerity riot taking place in Athens, which is “very much by design. It feels current with what’s going on in our world,” according to the star.

Damon also teased the addition of Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones to the cast: “You have to do something great and new, and Alicia is our great and new. She plays a new character we’re introducing, and she’s a specialist in cyber. Instead of just the three arenas of warfare — air, land and sea — there’s now this fourth element: cyber.”

“We also have Tommy Lee Jones in the movie, and he’s kind of representing the analog CIA in the way the old guard thinks,” added Damon. “Those two go head to head quite a bit. Introducing those two new characters, I think, is probably one of the biggest trailblazing things we’ve done in this movie.”

Jason Bourne arrives in theaters on July 29.