‘Bourne 5′ Casts ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Actor in New Role

By November 4, 2015
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It sounds like Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have some very interesting plans for the next installment in the Bourne franchise. The film will not only reintroduce Damon’s Jason Bourne to the franchise after the series failed to relaunch with Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, but will be taking the character into some very relevant territory. Damon has previously said that the film will take place in a post-Snowden world, where Bourne and the rest of the characters deal with the current age of surveillance that the world has entered.

Featuring an all-star cast alongside Damon, including Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles, Vincent Cassel, Scott Shepard, and more too – it looks like the cast of Bourne 5 may have just gotten even better with a last minute addition.

Variety is reporting that Nightcrawler actor Riz Ahmed has officially joined the cast of the film. Plot details are still being kept deep under wraps, but the report states that the actor will be playing a CIA tech specialist in the film, who’s role in the overall story remains unknown. Apparently, Ahmed has been the studio’s number one choice for the role since day one, but they were waiting to find a way to work around his current schedule for Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Rogue One, which will be the first anthology movie in the new Star Wars canon.

Judging by the tone of Damon and Greengrass’ previous Bourne films, as well as the first official image from the movie’s production, it sounds like the series is going to be taking some very interesting turns in the newest installment. While a large amount of secrecy is still being kept about the plot too, I think it’s safe to say that it will hopefully be a return to the intelligent action thriller that fans of the franchise fell in love with in the first place, rather than the clunky tone and story of The Bourne Legacy.

Bourne 5 is set to hit theatres on July 29th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable