The legend of Jason Bourne that began in 2002 continues in 2016 with the still-untitled sequel starring Matt Damon. After taking a brief detour in 2012 with the less beloved “Bourne Legacy,” which starred Jeremy Renner in the lead role, the filmmakers have decided to bring the focus back onto Bourne himself. And Damon isn’t alone in returning to this franchise. Joining him are series veterans Julia Stiles (who is making her return as Nicky Parsons), and director Paul Greengrass, who made the franchise what it is today with the second two “Bourne” films.
But of course, what is a Jason Bourne movie without a good villain? Clive Owen, Karl Urban, and Edgar Ramirez played great adversaries in the first three films, so who can we expect to carry on this tradition? That would be in the form of actor Vincent Cassel, who most viewers would likely recognize from his role as the creepy dance instructor from 2010’s “Black Swan.”
The actual specific plot details are currently unknown, but Variety states that Cassel plays an assassin who is tracking Bourne. Cassel isn’t the only newcomer to the series, obviously. Previously announced were Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander in a couple of undisclosed roles. It’ll be interesting to see how each of these characters will play out.
More than anything, it’ll be great to see Greengrass and company return to the franchise. It’s been almost a full decade since we’ve had a proper sequel to the series, and I’m intrigued to see how much Greengrass’ style has involved in that time. The transition between Doug Liman and him was a bit of a rough one. While Liman had real smooth camera work, Greengrass was all about shaky handheld shots that gave the scenes a real frenetic feeling. The downside was that it made the action scenes pretty hard to follow.
Viewer sensibilities have changed a bit, and I think they may be less forgiving if the action scenes were to mimic that style, but we’ll have to see.
The “Bourne” sequel is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2016.