About a decade before spy movies became mainstream, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass joined forces to do the impossible – get a high-profile actor to do an action movie with enough twists and action scenes that would humble even the James Bond series. This collaboration resulted in the highly successful Bourne trilogy (2002 – 2007) which redefined the spy movie genre thanks to the excellence of Mr. Damon in the role of Jason Bourne, a secret agent who’s lost his memory, and the high quality story evolving around him.
The trilogy was a big hit, but up until the end of 2014 it seemed likely that Bourne Ultimatum might be the last movie in which we saw Mr. Damon and Mr. Greengrass working together. However, every fans’ wishes came true last fall when Mr. Greengrass finally announced that he would return with Mr. Damon for the currently untitled Bourne 5 movie.
The announcement started an avalanche, so to speak, with actress Julie Stiles also announcing her return to the franchise, reprising her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons. In Ultimatum she became Jason Bourne’s most valuable ally, and with her assistance the protagonist finally put an end to Operation Blackbriar, after he exposed it to the public.
Besides Mr. Damon and Ms. Stiles, other names have come up as potential new members of the franchise. One is Alicia Vikander, who played the artificial intelligence in this year’s pleasant surprise movie, Ex Machina. However, it is almost certain that other familiar faces, such as Joan Allen’s Pam Landy, will show up in the movie. But what about the villain?
If rumours are true, Universal offered that role for Viggo Mortensen, who is well known for his role as Aragorn, the main hero of the human race in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although he appeared in successful movies like Eastern Promises, On The Road, and most recently, Far From Men, which all were acclaimed by critics, he is still remembered as the King of Gondor from the Lord of the Rings. If he accepts the role, he would play an assassin who’s tracking down Jason Bourne, and it would be really interesting to view how he fares as a negative character on the screen.
As of now, Mr. Damon and Mr. Greengrass are writing the script along with Christopher Rouse. Shooting may begin this fall, and the movie itself would arrive at the theatres on July 29, 2016. #Film #Cinema