‘Ex Machina’ actress Alicia Vikander to star opposite Matt Damon in ‘Bourne 5’

Julia Stiles has also signed up to reprise her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons

Ex Machina actress Alicia Vikander has signed up to star opposite Matt Damon in the fifth Bourne film.

The film, currently untitled, will mark the return of Damon’s Jason Bourne after nearly a decade away from the screen. The actor sat out 2012’s Bourne Legacy, which instead starred Jeremy Renner and performed relatively disappointingly 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 will be writing the screenplay themselves, alongside Christopher Rouse, who served as editor on the second and third Bourne films. Last month (May) Vikander was understood to be “in talks” to co-star opposite Damon, but now Deadline reports that she has officially accepted the role. She joins Damon and Julia Stiles, who recently signed up to reprise her role as covert agent Nicky Parsons.

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Swedish actress Vikander is increasingly in demand following her well-received performance in Alex Garland’s acclaimed sci-fi film Ex Machina, released earlier this year, and will soon be seen in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which opens in cinemas on August 14 and co-stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer.

The fifth Bourne film is set for release on July 29, 2016. The producer of the Bourne franchise, Frank Marshall, confirmed earlier this year (2015) that there are no plans for Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner to appear together in the same film.