Matt Damon has insisted he is “totally fine” with the idea of being replaced as Jason Bourne.
The actor sat out 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which instead starred Jeremy Renner as a different character called Aaron Cross. At the South Korea premiere of the franchise’s fifth instalment, simply titled Jason Bourne, Damon admitted he expects his own role will be re-cast eventually.
“I’m definitely going to be replaced some day by some new young Jason Bourne,” The Guardian reports him as saying. “That happens to everybody and they reboot these things, and that’s totally fine.”
He also acknowledged that playing the energetic role is becoming harder as he gets older, saying: “It’s difficult when you’re 45 compared to when you’re 29, but you still have to run as fast as you can. That part was a challenge but to get to revisit the people was wonderful.”
Jason Bourne, due out in the UK on July 29, marks the return of Matt 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.
Director Paul Greengrass, who was behind the camera for the second and third Bourne films, has also returned 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.
The film’s supporting cast includes Julia Stiles, who has signed up to reprise her role as agent Nicky Parsons, as well as franchise newcomers Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones and Vincent Cassel. Watch the trailer below.