Matt Damon promises ‘dark and tortured’ Jason Bourne ahead of fifth film

Bourne 5 opens in cinemas this summer

Matt Damon has given the first hint as to what fans can expect from the character of Jason Bourne ahead of a fifth film in the spy-thriller series.

Bourne 5 marks 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.

Asked how viewers will find Bourne in the new film, Damon pointed to darker elements of current global affairs as having affected his character.

“There’s been the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyberwarfare and civil liberties,” he told EW. “We find him in a dark and tortured place.”

Damon previously revealed a number of shooting locations for the film and confirmed in December 2015 that filming had passed the half-way point. He also hinted at some of the themes elaborated on with EW saying: “Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world.”

Director Paul Greengrass, who was behind the camera for the second and third Bourne films, has returned to helm the film. 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.

The film’s supporting cast includes 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 will appear in an unknown supporting role and Black Swan‘s Vincent Cassel has been cast as an assassin tracking Bourne.

Bourne 5 is set for release on July 28.