Matt Damon is back as Jason Bourne and Comic Book Resources has a featurette that explain some of the ‘huh? and ‘what?’ his returning to a nine year vacancy in the role causes. Damon played Jason Bourne from 2002 through 2007 in three movies based on Robert Ludlum’s spy thriller books. There was another Bourne movie in 2012, The Bourne Legacy, that starred Jeremy Renner as the main character, Aaron Cross, instead. That film contained references to Damon’s character, but for all intents and purposes, it was Bourne-free. No, it wasn’t the movie with the lions. That would be Born Free. It also didn’t have Jason Bourne in it.
What was also lacking in the last film was director Paul Greengrass. He directed the second and third films in the series but not the first nor last. Greengrass will, however, direct this installment. In the featurette, the director describes this film reunion basically as getting the band back together. Damon himself sounded pretty stoked about playing Bourne for Greengrass, too.
“Every airport I’m in, or every time I’m walking down the street and somebody stops me, that’s the first question: Are you going to do another one of those Bourne movies?” says Matt Damon.
While the last nine years’ worth of Damon’s projects such as Interstellar and The Martian are nothing to scoff at, his lower performing vehicles since The Bourne Ultimatum, such as We Bought a Zoo, do make us long to see him back as Bourne. At the very least, Damon can rescue his own butt this time and not add to the $900 billion and counting that it has theoretically cost to save him so far in movies.
Jason Bourne will be in theaters July 29 and also stars Julia Stiles and Tommy Lee Jones.