Matt Damon, while talking to Buzzfeed about his new film, The Martian, offered a few insights into his return as Jason Bourne in the as-of-yet untitled fourth sequel to The Bourne Identity.
“We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change,“ he explained. The trilogy of films, which also include The Bourne Supremecy and The Bourne Ultimatum are very much about the surveillance state that arose in the early 21st Century. One of my favorite moments in Ultimatum features Bourne walking across London’s Waterloo Station — having already eliminated a C.I.A. agent assigned to kill him — while the mission coordinators sat a situation room in Washington D.C. with a live feed, but unable to take action. For Damon to come back, he asked himself the question, “What does the character have to say?”
So will Bourne be talking about drone strikes? Partially nationalized healthcare? Angry Internet reviewers?
According to Damon, the new film will be set in “an austerity-riddled Europe” and continue the action-packed examination of the surveillance state through a “post-Snowden” lens. “It seems like enough has changed,” he said. “There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.”
The actor also said the film will begin in Greece, “you know, the beginning of democracy.” The action will take Bourne to Las Vegas, which he called “the most grotesque incarnation of…” before trailing off.
The film will also see the return of Julia Stiles as former C.I.A. tech Nicky Parsons and Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, with Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander announced to join the cast. It will be released on July 26th, 2016.