Universal has finally unveiled the highly awaited first look at the next chapter in the Bourne film series franchise, simply titled: Jason Bourne, as seen in the official teaser trailer that debuted at the Super Bowl 50.
Based on Robert Ludlum’s novels, Damon first appeared as the character in The Bourne Identity back in 2002 and starred in Paul Greengrass’ acclaimed sequels The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
Its been almost 10 years, but Matt Damon is back once again as Bourne, after claiming back in 2007 that he would not be interested in returning for a fourth Bourne film, stating about his participation in the Bourne franchise: “We have ridden that horse as far as we can.”
The changed of his decision was perhaps highly influenced by studio executives after the last movie in the series “The Bourne Legacy” in 2012 performed poorly at the box office. That film starred Jeremy Renner as Black Ops agent Aaron Cross and neither Bourne nor Damon made an appearance.
For Jason Bourne, the fifth installment of the series, Julia Stiles also returns as Bourne’s BFF Nicky Parsons, while Tommy Lee Jones and Scott Shepherd play high-ranking CIA officers. Vincent Cassel will play the villain who goes after Bourne and Alicia Vikander, Riz Ahmed, and Ato Essandoh also star in the films in roles that are yet to be specified.
Overall the project has been surrounded by an impressive amount of secrecy, before this trailer, the movie’s title wasn’t even known.
The sequel sees Damon and director Paul Greengrass (who helmed “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum”) re-teaming to bring the famous spy out of retirement.
For the first time, Greengrass and Damon have written the screenplay themselves, alongside Christopher Rouse, who served as editor on the second and third Bourne films.
“Nobody’s seen Jason Bourne since 2004, so by the time this comes out in 2016, it’ll be 12 years since he’s been on the grid,” Damon told The News at the time. “So we have to answer the question, where’s he been, what’s he doing, and what gets him going again. So once we solved all that then we had a movie. I’d say about it, the way the other ones were really about the Bush years, this is about where we are today, kind of a post-(Edward) Snowden world.”
The actor also talked to EW about what to expect in the new film of the series.
“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 in an interview late last year. “If you look at the first three [movies], they are films that are a product of the Bush presidency. Thematically, they touch on things people were talking and thinking about during that presidency. This one feels like a movie about today.
You can watch the new teaser trailer below and things certainly look very interesting and as action packed as the previous films.
“I know who I am,” says Damon in the trailer. “I remember everything.”
The new film hits theaters July 29, 2016.