‘Bourne’ Sequel Adds ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed
It’s been a great year for Riz Ahmed, who broke out with his part in last year’s Jake Gyllenhaal thriller Nightcrawler and landed a role in Star Wars: Rogue One opposite Felicity Jones. And while the Bourne series is no Star Wars, it’s still a major, beloved franchise, and one that Ahmed has now officially joined.
Variety reports that Ahmed has joined the cast of the untitled Bourne 5, in which he’ll reportedly play a tech specialist for the CIA. No other plot details have been released yet for the fifth film in the hit series, which kicked off in 2002 with The Bourne Identity, followed by 2004's The Bourne Supremacy and 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. Ahmed is best known for his role in Nightcrawler, and appears next in Blackbird with Rooney Mara and Star Wars: Rogue One.
Matt Damon is returning to reprise his role as Jason Bourne, an assassin trained in a secret CIA program, who must continuously dodge and thwart the shady agency. Also returning is Julia Stiles as Bourne ally Nicky Parsons, with Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Tommy Lee Jones and Scott Shepherd also on board for the sequel. While not much is known about the film, it has been reported that Damon’s Ocean’s 12 co-star Vincent Cassel will once again play his antagonist.
Paul Greengrass is also returning to direct the film, which hits theaters on July 29, 2016.