Among the franchises that are returning with fresh installments in Summer 2016 are Independence Day, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and perhaps most exciting of all for many a moviegoer, Jason Bourne, with Matt Damon back as the series’ namesake. Jason Bourne, as the film is titled, is the fifth installment in the Bourne franchise overall, though it will serve as a continuation of the Bourne Ultimatum storyline rather than the tangentially-related plot threads in the 2012 “side-quel”, The Bourne Legacy (starring Jeremy Renner as government super-agent turned rogue operative, Aaron Cross).

Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is back at the helm on Jason Bourne, thought the film’s narrative – which Greengrass co-wrote and developed with Damon – remains a mystery for now, beyond the idea that something happens to draw Bourne back out from the shadows and onto the world stage.

We should be provided with more information about the movie’s plot soon, as the first theatrical trailer for Jason Bourne is scheduled to arrive on Thursday – and will show in theaters with Bourne franchise’s backer Universal Pictures’ latest film release, The Huntsman: Winter’s War. The above Jason Bourne trailer announcement clip, titled “Disappear”, offers a brief glimpse at one of the new characters in the film – a cyberspecialist played by Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) – in addition to showing Bourne up to his usual blink-and-you’ll-miss-him tricks to evade capture by his enemies. Universal has also released a second Jason Bourne trailer preview clip, titled “Molotov”, that shows Bourne using a (what else?) molotov cocktail and doing what he does best: smacking his enemies silly and stealthily escaping into the night. You can watch that video, below.

The footage in the “Molotov” Jason Bourne clip in particular appears to be taken from what Greengrass has described as being one of the film’s major action sequences/set pieces, revolving around a massive riot that breaks out in Athens that Bourne finds himself in the middle of. Actual riots in Europe (concerning the rights of immigrants and refugees) are but one of the real-world events in recent years that will serve as the inspiration for the fictional events in Jason Bourne too, as Damon has emphasized in the past that when Bourne emerges from having lived off the grid for so many years, he finds himself in (as Damon has described it“an austerity-riddled Europe and [a] post-Snowden world” that poses its own challenges different from the kind he’s used to dealing with.

Jason Bourne, which also costars Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler), and Julie Stiles back as Bourne’s former handler Nicky Parsons, has also been described by Damon as “the completion of this journey that started in The Bourne Identity” – though if the film does well at the box office (which it should), expect talk of Bourne 6 and/or a crossover featuring Renner to follow soon thereafter. In the meantime, we can anticipate getting to see more than the 42 (or so) seconds of Jason Bourne footage that has been unveiled to date, between the above clips and the film’s Super Bowl preview.

NEXT: Paul Greengrass Talks Jason Bourne Plot & Action

Jason Bourne opens in U.S. theaters on July 29th, 2016. Check back on Screen Rant this Thursday for the first trailer!

Source: Universal Pictures

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