French actor Vincent Cassel has been one of my favourite actors for years. He really knows how to balance big blockbuster films with edgy, indie cinema and homegrown French cinema. If Cassel is starring in a film, I will watch it.
Cassel has been seen in big budget releases like Ocean’s 12 and 13, Black Swan, A Dangerous Method and Trance, while those familiar with world cinema or none mainstream films will recognize him from Irreversible, The Monk, Mesrine, Sheitan and Our Day Will Come. Variety now confirms that Cassel will play the villain in Bourne 5, which see’s star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass teaming up once again.
Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the project, and Julia Stiles is set to return as well.
Paul Greengrass is back to direct and co-pen the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall again produces the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. Cassel joins the ranks of Clive Owen, Karl Urban and Edgar Ramirez, who played the villains in previous “Bourne” chapters.
Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.
Damon’s three Bourne movies, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007, grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.