It’s been nine years since Matt Damon last played amnesiac former government black ops agent/assassin Jason Bourne, in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Damon returns to the role in this year’s aptly-titled Jason Bourne, though not necessarily with the intention of revitalizing the Bourne franchise (after 2012’s spinoff or “side-quel” The Bourne Legacy under-performed). Case in point: Damon has already begun discussing the prospect that the Bourne role will be recast and that he’s fine with the idea, having gotten to tell his version of Bourne’s story the way that he wanted.
However, before Damon’s Bourne is done, he has (at least) one more mission to carry out; one that’s personal in nature, but which nonetheless leaves the CIA convinced that Bourne’s out to take down its new assassin program, known as Iron Hand. A newly-released clip from the film further emphasizes the idea that Bourne isn’t interested in picking a side in the modern world of cyber-warfare between the governments of the world… and those wishing to overthrow them.
You’ll have to head over to Uproxx to watch that newest Jason Bourne clip for now (see the link below). However, we can also offer several new high-resolution images from the upcoming Bourne movie (courtesy of distributor Universal Pictures), which you can check out after the clip link.
Among those pictured above is Jason Bourne co-writer and director Paul Greengass, who returned for the newest Bourne installment after having collaborated with Damon on The Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum, and the pair’s non-Bourne drama/thriller, Green Zone. While Damon reportedly had a hand in crafting both the screen story and script for Jason Bourne, the movie’s screenplay is officially credited to Greengrass and his longtime editor (including, on non-Bourne films like United 93 and Captain Phillips), Christopher Rouse. Also back for this Bourne movie is Julie Stiles as Nicky Parsons, Bourne’s former government handler.
Meanwhile, the list of franchise newcomers on Jason Bourne includes Vincent Cassel (Trance) as a member of the Iron Hand assassin program, Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as cyberspecialist Heather Lee, and Oscar-winner Tommmy Lee Jones (Lincoln) as CIA director Robert Dewey – who, as past trailers and TV spots for the film have made clear, knows a thing or two about Bourne’s past that even Bourne himself is still unaware of. Last, but not least, the film’s cast also includes Ato Essandoh (Vinyl) as Craig Jeffers, another member of the CIA tasked with taking Bourne down.
Jason Bourne opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2016.