Following the release of the latest trailer, Matt Damon sat down with EW to discuss his new film Jason Bourne and to clue fans in on what they should expect. Scroll down for all the details.
Over Super Bowl weekend we learned a number of things about the upcoming Bourne movie. Not only did the stellar trailer tease the overall tone and feel of the movie, it also revealed that the movie would break away from titular formula of the past movies – taking its name as Jason Bourne.
In all honesty, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the franchise, but the return of Matt Damon has been at the forefront of the conversation since it was announced. He left after the series high of 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum and was succeeded by Jeremy Renner in 2012’s flop Bourne Legacy, but now he’s back along with director Paul Greengrass – who directed Captain Phillips in his time away – and the new movie looks fantastic.
According to Matt Damon, Jason Bourne is very much the next step in the story of the first three films. He said:
“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.”
So from what we can gather from the trailer and Damon’s comments, Bourne knows who he is and finally remembers his past, but he isn’t exactly pleased about it. Essentially this is the final part of him figuring out where he comes from, and the movie will either detail his retaliation or his reluctant reintroduction to the Company. Of course, this is all speculation as the plot is still undisclosed at this time.
Joining Damon are series newbies Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander and Vincent Cassel, a fact which seems to excite the actor very much:
“One thing about these movies is that the casts are so good. I always feel so amazed at the people we get. If we have any kind of formula, it’s hiring the very best actors we can to fill out these roles, and Alicia and Tommy Lee are two absolute heavyweights.”
I have to admit it does look like a formidable ensemble cast to round off the Bourne story. Vikander in particular has been causing a stir in cinema circles with recent movies Ex Machina and The Danish Girl.
It remains to be seen whether the events in Legacy will be acknowledged in Jason Bourne, but for now I think we can all be grateful that Matt Damon and the franchise are back doing what they do best.
Jason Bourne opens in theatres on July 29, 2016.