As Universal preps the untitled fifth Bourne movie to go before cameras later this summer, it’s been revealed that Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones is joining the cast.
Variety was the first to report the news, noting that Jones may play a senior officer at the CIA. Matt Damon is returning to topline as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, with Julia Stiles also expected to come aboard and reprise the role of covert agent Nicky Parsons.
Alicia Vikander, who broke out in a big way earlier this year playing artificially intelligent android Ava in Ex Machina, is also in talks to come aboard in the lead female role opposite Damon.
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Plot details are being kept under wraps, but Viggo Mortensen (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) was at one point being courted for the role of an assassin hunting Bourne around the globe in the wake of The Bourne Ultimatum. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Frank Marshall will produce again alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith will also produce, while Rouse and Henry Morrison will serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Jones will play a superior officer at the CIA. Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and David Strathairn have playing similar roles in past “Bourne” movies. Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.
Damon’s three Bourne movies, the first of which was released in 2002, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide at the box office. Damon last played the iconic role in 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum, »
- Justin Kroll
Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones has joined the upcoming "Bourne" sequel, according to a new report.
Variety writes that Jones is set to play a high-ranking CIA officer in the flick, which will reunite titular star Matt Damon with the hit action franchise. Damon last appeared in "The Bourne Ultimatum" in 2007, then turned the franchise over to Jeremy Renner in 2012 reboot "The Bourne Legacy."
Jones has plenty of experience in the action and thriller genres (his Academy Award-winning role in "The Fugitive" is just one of many shining examples), so he should fit in nicely with the "Bourne" crew, which also includes the returning Julia Stiles (like Damon, she starred in the first three flicks) and Alicia Vikander. Paul Greengrass, who helmed "The Bourne Supremacy" and "Ultimatum," is also on board for the new flick.
Variety reports that production on the new sequel -- which is still untitled -- is expected to begin this summer. »
- Katie Roberts
Director Brad Anderson (The MacHinist, Session 9) has not been in the spotlight lately, but that may change with his latest project. Written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), Anderson's next venture will be an action/thriller by the name of High Wire Act. As exciting a combination as those two are, the film already has two stars guaranteed to make heads turn: Rosamund Pike and Jon Hamm. The official... Read More »
- Sean Wist
After earning an Oscar nomination for her chilling portrayal of maybe-sociopath Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has landed another role that may be worthy of her formidable talent. The actress has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm in Brad Anderson’s political thriller High Wire Act, which boasts a script by The Bourne Identity screenwriter Tony Gilroy.
Set in 1980s Beirut, the thriller will follow a former U.S. diplomat named Mason Skiles (Hamm) who is called back into action in order to prevent the murder of a former colleague from the group that may be responsible for his own family’s death. Pike will take on the role of a CIA field agent working undercover at the American embassy, who makes it her mission to keep Mason alive and ensure his top-secret mission goes off without a hitch.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount tried a few approaches in the new Terminator reboot. But if a franchise hits the doldrums, how can a studio resurrect it?
Fingers are being crossed at Skydance and Paramount Pictures that the critical mauling handed out to Terminator: Genisys last week won't be reflected fully in the box office numbers. So far, the plan for a new trilogy of Terminator films is arguably just about alive, courtesy of a total gross for the new film of $131m worldwide. That's below expectations, but if it can eventually crawl its way to $400m, that's probably enough to move ahead with a Genisys sequel (it'd be more than the hugely-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road).
But even if a new film gets greenlit, it's clear that things have to change again. As many have pointed out, the consensus is now that there have been more bad-to-middling Terminator films than good ones, »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
If Alicia Vikander's star wasn't already rising to new heights, she's now landed her biggest role to date. The Swedish actress will star opposite Matt Damon in the fifth installment of the Jason Bourne movie franchise. No details have been released, but it has been announced that Paul Greengrass is returning to direct the film and is co-writing the screenplay with Christopher Rouse. Julia Stiles is also set to return. Damon did not appear in the fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, but Jason Bourne was referenced. Jeremy Renner starred as a member of the Department of Defense's black ops program Operation Outcome. The Bourne films were launched in 2002 with the Doug Liman-directed The »
Rising star Alicia Vikander is set to join both Matt Damon and Julia Stiles in Universal's Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel. We reported last month that the actress was being sought for both Bourne 5 and New Regency's Assassin's Creed, while also being attached to star in The Circle alongside Tom Hanks. Deadline reports that Alicia Vikander will not be starring in either Assassin's Creed or The Circle. Our earlier report revealed that the actress was trying to juggle her schedule to accommodate all three movies, but that didn't happen.
It isn't known who Alicia Vikander will play in Bourne 5, and there haven't been story details released at this time. Universal has already set a July 29, 2016 release date for the untitled Bourne sequel, and with the cast starting to come together, production will likely begin in the near future. There were rumors that The Bourne Legacy star Jeremy Renner could also »
Julia Stiles will return for the fifth 'Bourne Identity' film. The actress has been confirmed for the latest instalment in the popular action thriller series which is set to begin filming later this year. Last year, Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass revealed they would also be coming back to make the movie, which is scheduled to be released next year, after neither Julia or Matt appeared in 2012's 'The Bourne Legacy'. The 34-year-old star - who plays covert agent Nicky Parsons - had a key role in the third film, 2007's 'The Bourne Ultimatum', although it is currently unclear how she will be involved in the upcoming movie, which is set to open in cinemas on July 29 2016. However, the blonde beauty - who wrapped filming on crime thriller 'Beyond Deceit' with Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel earlier this year - recently »
Julia Stiles will return for the fifth ‘Bourne Identity‘ film.
The actress has been confirmed for the latest instalment in the popular action thriller series which is set to begin filming later this year.
Last year, Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass revealed they would also be coming back to make the movie, which is scheduled to be released next year, after neither Julia or Matt appeared in 2012’s ‘The Bourne Legacy‘.
The 34-year-old star – who plays covert agent Nicky Parsons – had a key role in the third film, 2007’s ‘The Bourne Ultimatum‘, although it is currently unclear how she will be involved in the upcoming movie, which is set to open in cinemas on July 29 2016.
However, the blonde beauty – who wrapped filming on crime thriller ‘Beyond Deceit’ with Al Pacino, »
- Paul Heath
The return of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the Bourne movies has been definite for a while now (following their collaboration on The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum), and production on the film can't be far off. The movie, after all, is set for release on July 29th 2016, and Greengrass tends to shoot his movies for a long time.
It's been revealed over the weekend that also returning from the earlier Greengrass-Damon Bourne movies will be the terrific Julia Styles. She played Nicky in the movies, and appeared in the original trilogy. She was missing from the Jeremy Renner-headlined The Bourne Legacy, to which a separate sequel is still apparently being developed.
Also in Bourne 5 news, the identity of the film's villain may have been revealed. The »
Universal Pictures was working on a sequel to Jeremy Renner's "The Bourne Legacy" when Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) decided to return for at least one more installment in the Jason Bourne franchise. "The Bourne Legacy 2" was immediately placed on hold in order to focus on Damon's version. Production is set to begin shortly, and now comes word that Julia Stiles has been brought back to reprise her role as CIA Agent Nicky Parsons, the character she played in the first three films. Meanwhile, The Wrap is reporting that Viggo Mortensen has been offered the main villain role. Regarding the story, very little is known, except that producer Frank Marshall confirmed that Renner's Aaron Cross character from "The Bourne Legacy" will not be in the new movie. However, Marshall added that "The Bourne Legacy 2" is still in the works. Damon's Jason Bourne film is set »
Just hours after we reported that Bourne franchise star Julia Stiles is reprising her role as Nicky Parsons in Universal's Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, a new report has surfaced about who may play the bad guy. The Wrap's Jeff Sneider claims that Viggo Mortensen has been offered the main villain role, but it isn't known if the actor plans on accepting this offer or not. This will be the first time Matt Damon is returning to the beloved franchise since 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum.
Paul Greengrass is directing and co-writing the new Bourne screenplay with Christopher Rouse. No plot details have surfaced yet, but producer Frank Marshall recently revealed that they are in pre-production, with the filmmakers scouting locations and casting. It isn't known when production may begin, but the studio has already set a July 29, 2016 release date, so shooting may begin sooner than later.
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For a minute there it was simple. Matt Damon made three Jason Bourne movies then he decided he was done. So they made the spin-off The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner. Then Damon had to go and complicate things by deciding to come back to the franchise. So what happens to Renner? While things have been far from clear for quite some time, it does look like both franchises are moving forward. Today SlashFilm published an interview with Frank Marshall, producer of the Bourne films (and about a million other things). When they asked him how Renner’s character would fit into the planned Matt Damon Bourne movie, Marshall had a single sentence response: They’re still two different projects, two different films. But what a sentence that is as it speaks volumes. When Damon and Paul Greengrass announced plans to return to the original Bourne franchise »
With a release date set for just over a year from now, casting on the fifth Jason Bourne movie is underway. Matt Damon is set to reprise his role as Jason Bourne and he'll be collaborating with Paul Greengrass as director after the duo took a break while Jeremy Renner starring in The Bourne Legacy for franchise creator Tony Gilroy. Today brings word Julia Stiles will be back once again as covert agent Nicky Parsons whom we last saw in a cafe learning Bourne's body wasn't found after he took a leap in the East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum. Stiles is the only confirmed cast member beyond Damon with no new names added just yet, though it has been rumored Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) is being sought for a major role and now Jeff Sneider of The Wrap reports Viggo Mortensen has »
- Brad Brevet
Not only are both franchise star Matt Damon and two-time series director Paul Greengrass returning to the Bourne franchise for the upcoming fifth installment (assuming you consider The Bourne Legacy canon), they.re bringing along another key piece of the saga, Julia Stiles. According to Deadline, the upcoming action film has been busy casting, and Stiles is now the first confirmed addition to the call sheet, beyond Damon that is. She is set to reprise her role of Nicolette "Nicky" Parsons, a desk jockey CIA analyst who, over the course of the first three movies, proves to be a valuable ally to Damon.s amnesiac super spy, Jason Bourne. Nicky start off as a relatively small in the larger saga, though she serves as a kind of moral compass inside of the CIA.apparently she thinks it.s rather reprehensible to experiment with people and turn them into cold-blooded killing »
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