The Bourne series has never been a box office powerhouse on the same level as the Mission: Impossible or James Bond movies, but the tense, action-filled exploits of super-spy Jason Bourne have nonetheless attracted considerable critical acclaim and have managed to remain profitable enough to keep justifying sequels. After The Bourne Legacy, an experiment in making a Bourne movie without Matt Damon or his eponymous character, proved to be a bit of a misstep, Damon is reclaiming his spot on the posters for the next entry in the series.
Damon has said that the fifth movie in the Bourne franchise, now officially titled Jason Bourne, will find Jason in “a dark and tortured place” that reflects the political issues that have been in the spotlight since we last saw him, almost a decade ago – including civil liberties, the financial crisis, and the rise of cyberwarfare. Paul Greengrass, who directed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, also returned for this sequel, co-writing the screenplay with Damon and Supremacy/Ultimatum editor Christopher Rouse.
In other words, all the ingredients are in place for a return to the recipe that produced two of the most successful Bourne movies, and now audiences can get an idea of whether or not the dream team has pulled it off again. Amid the slew of movie promos revealed during Super Bowl 50 is the first preview for Jason Bourne, which has also confirmed the official title for the film. Give it a watch, above.
Jason Bourne also stars recent Oscar nominee Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), as well as Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan). Julia Stiles, who has starred alongside Damon in all three of his previous Bourne films, will also be reprising her role as Jason’s ally Nicky Parsons.
Vikander isn’t the only current Oscar nominee who appears in the movie, of course. Damon himself is still enjoying the success of his lead role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which netted seven Academy Award nominations in total including a Best Performance in a Leading Role spot for Damon. The uplifting space drama was also a commercial success, solidifying Damon’s status as a strong leading man. Let’s hope he can bring some of that magic to Jason Bourne as well.
Jason Bourne will hit theaters July 29, 2016.
Source: Universal Pictures