— #JasonBourne (@jasonbourne) June 30, 2016
Leading up to the theatrical release of director Paul Greengrass' hotly anticipated Jason Bourne starring returning franchise lead actor Matt Damon, fans of the original The Bourne Identity trilogy are no doubt sitting on the edge of their seat with bated anticipation. Following the release of the film's first full-length trailer, Universal Pictures has released copious TV spots and exclusive magazine covers in support of the forthcoming espionage thriller (partly inspired by the original series of Robert Ludlum novels).
Jason Bourne is all set to pick up some years after the events depicted in The Bourne Ultimatum, and will see Damon's titular hero grappling with a post-Edward Snowden world of digital terrorism. Die-hard fans of the franchise and casual viewers alike will have to wait until later this month to see Greengrass' new film in full, though the latest release from distributor Universal Pictures in support of the movie comes in the form of a brand new TV spot, image, and character details.
In the footage featured above, Damon is back in action as the agent that the government trained him to be, though now his rogue status will be put to the test when he uncovers a brand new program called Iron Hand that is far worse than anything that Bourne has faced before. Added to the mix this time around is actor Tommy Lee Jones (Criminal) as questionable CIA operative Robert Dewey (who can be seen in the latest still below), co-star Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum) returning as Bourne's chief ally Nicky Parsons, and Vincent Cassel (The Little Prince) as the production's central antagonist.
Check out the latest image from Jason Bourne below:
Even though Jason Bourne will pick up the story following a hulking Damon living in Greece and getting into illegal bare-knuckle brawls, the film will quickly track his return to a changed world of technologically savvy espionage, with Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) in place as central CIA agent Heather Lee. According to Damon in an exclusive interview with Empire magazine, Vikander will serve to stand as an example of all the ways in which the world has changed since Bourne went into hiding at the conclusion of The Bourne Ultimatum. As the actor put it:
"Alicia represents the way the world has changed. The whole cyber element wasn’t there ten years ago. And Tommy Lee and Vincent Cassel make it feel like a new Bourne movie, but it’s definitely recognizable as a Bourne movie."
If everything falls as nicely into place as things appear to have done thus far, then fans of the franchise will be in for a real treat when Jason Bourne finally sees theatrical release in a few short weeks. Whether or not the franchise will be able to get over the hump of putting The Bourne Legacy behind it as a temporary stumbling block remains to be seen, though Greengrass and Damon look ready, willing, and more than able of accomplishing just that.
Jason Bourne will see theatrical release in the U.S. on July 29th, 2016.
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