‘Bourne’ Star Julia Stiles Returns for ‘Bourne 5,’ Viggo Mortensen Eyed for Villain
Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are reuniting for the upcoming fifth Bourne film, and they’re bringing a familiar face with them. Julia Stiles, who appeared in the first three Bourne films as CIA agent Nicky Parsons, has signed on to reprise her role for the fifth. In addition, Universal also has their sights set on Viggo Mortensen to play the villain in the upcoming sequel.
Deadline reports that Stiles has been cast alongside Damon in the still-untitled Bourne 5. Stiles previously appeared in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy, but she did not appear in The Bourne Legacy, which saw Jeremy Renner taking on the leading role. Renner is not expected to appear in the fifth film, which sees Ultimatum and Supremacy director Paul Greengrass returning behind the camera.
The Wrap adds that Mortensen has been offered the role of the film’s antagonist. No plot details are known at this time, so it’s unclear just what that role entails. It was also previously reported that Universal is targeting Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander for a major part in the new sequel.
All we know about Bourne 5 so far is that it will once again focus on Jason Bourne, introduced in The Bourne Identity as a physically wounded man recovered from sea whose amnesia renders him unable to recall who he is — or why agents are pursuing him. Damon previously said he would not return to the franchise unless Greengrass returned as director, while other reports have suggested that there will be an eventual crossover with Jeremy Renner’s character, Aaron Cross.
Bourne 5 hits theaters on July 29, 2016.