Still busy promoting his new film The Martian, Matt Damon shed some new light on the next Jason Bourne film in a conversation with Buzzfeed.

Damon told Buzzfeed that one of the reasons he decided to stay away from the Jason Bourne franchise is that he wanted to give our socio-economic and political climate to change.

Referencing the original trilogy, which includes the Doug Liman directed The Bourne Identity and its sequels directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum), Damon explains, “We always looked at those movies as really about the Bush presidency, and so we kind of had to wait for the world to change…Without giving too much of it away, it’s Bourne through an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world. 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.”

Also returning to the franchise is Julia Stiles and director Paul Greengrass along with newcomers Alicia Vikkander and Tommy Lee Jones.  There is no word yet if Aaron Cross, the character played by Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy will be a part of this new film.

It seems the climate is right for a Bourne film.  Damon also said that two particular locations will bookend the film.  “We’re starting in Greece, you know, the beginning of democracy,” he tells Buzzfeed. “And the movie ends in Las Vegas, the most grotesque incarnation of….”  Sounds like this new Bourne film will have a lot on its mind.

Written by Edward Boxler

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