Matt Damon to start shooting ‘Bourne 5’ next week

Damon says the film is 'Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world'

Matt Damon is to start shooting the fifth Bourne film next week.

The sequel, currently untitled, will mark the return of Damon’s Jason Bourne after nearly a decade away from the screen. The actor last played the secret agent in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum and sat out 2012’s Bourne Legacy, which instead starred Jeremy Renner and performed relatively poorly at the box office.

Director Paul Greengrass, who was behind the camera for the second and third Bourne films, is also returning for the fifth instalment. For the first time, Greengrass and Damon have written the screenplay themselves, alongside Christopher Rouse, who served as editor on the second and third Bourne films.

Discussing the film’s premise with BuzzFeed, Damon teased: “Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world.”

He then explained why now feels like the right time for Bourne to return, adding that “it seems like enough has changed, you know? There are all these kinds of arguments about spying and civil liberties and the nature of democracy.”

Damon also revealed that shooting will start in Greece and draw to a close in Las Vegas, but did not reveal any other locations for the film, which is set for release in July 2016.

Damon’s co-stars in Bourne 5 will include Julia Stiles, who has signed up to reprise her role as agent Nicky Parsons, and Ex Machina actress Alicia Vikander, who has been cast in an unknown role. Meanwhile, Tommy Lee Jones has also recently signed up to appear in an unknown supporting role.