Matt Damon Says ‘Jason Bourne’ Will Go Even Deeper Than ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’

By February 8, 2016

Last night’s Super Bowl came with the very first trailer for the highly-anticipated Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the franchise that will be bringing back both Matt Damon in the title role and Paul Greengrass as the film’s director. Teasing the character’s mental state when we meet him again, and even cooler action than the first three films in the franchise featured, the trailer was a surprise reveal that paid off big time for Bourne fans, including a sneak peek at Julia Stiles’ return to the series as well.

While recently speaking with EW about his return to the franchise, Damon spoke on how the newest outing will build on and continue the story told in his previous three films:

“He’s living with the same things as he was before, and then he goes to find Julia Stiles’ character, who basically says, “Just because you remember everything, doesn’t mean you know everything.” So you find him in a place that’s dark and unresolved.

This is the completion of this journey that started in the Bourne Identity. It’s part of the first three [movies], it’s not a whole new chapter. It feels like the conclusion, even though we’re not saying it’s the conclusion, it feels like the conclusion of my identity journey. It goes deeper than Ultimatum, basically.”

Keeping in line with some of his previous comments about the film’s place in today’s current culture, Damon revealed that the film opens in Greece, using the country’s current austerity riots and tension to help not only inform the beginning of the film, but also act as a launching pad into the rest of the story:

“The last one was set in London, Madrid, and New York. And subconsciously, those places were places where there were terrorist attacks. This movie opens with an austerity riot in Athens, and that’s very much by design. It feels current with what’s going in our world. You’re always creating an alternate reality with Bourne, but you want to feel like it’s our world.”

Damon also spoke on Alicia Vikander’s character in the film, who up until this point has remained under wraps, but will apparently act as a strong representation of a certain kind of warfare in today’s currently political climate:

“You have to do something great and new, and Alicia is our great and new. She plays a new character we’re introducing, and she’s a specialist in cyber. Instead of just the three arenas of warfare — air, land and sea — there’s now this fourth element: cyber. The implications of that are huge, and she’s representing that in the movie. We also have Tommy Lee Jones in the movie, and he’s kind of representing the analog CIA in the way the old guard thinks. Those two go head to head quite a bit. Introducing those two new characters, I think, is probably one of the biggest trailblazing things we’ve done in this movie.”

Perhaps out of everyone in the cast too, Vikander is the one I’m most excited about. After her banner year in 2015 with films like Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Testament of Youth, and more, I’ll see anything she does at this point. The idea of her playing a strong force in the cyber world makes it seem like her character could go either way in terms of whether or not she’s on Bourne’s side as well, and I just hope the film utilizes her as much as it should, considering her talent onscreen.

After his comments about the film touching on the now post-Edward Snowden world we’re living in, it sounds like the most dangerous climate that Bourne has had to live through yet, considering a majority of his survival depends on secrecy and being a ghost in the world, where it has become almost impossible to remain invisible for long. After last night’s teaser too, and the increasingly-interesting story, Jason Bourne just keeps climbing up my most anticipated of the year list.

Jason Bourne is set to hit theatres on July 29th.

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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