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The fifth installment of the Bourne franchise is almost upon us, and it sees Matt Damon return to his most famous role.

It’s called simply Jason Bourne (sidebar: did no one think of calling it Bourne Again?), as the amnesiac CIA agent recovers his memory 12 years after the events of 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy, the third movie in the series. (A fourth, 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, instead starred Jeremy Renner as new character Aaron Cross.)

The new movie reunites Matt with Paul Greengrass, the British director behind The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy

Julia Stiles also re-joins the series, returning to her role as ex-CIA agent Nicky Parsons. Starring alongside her and Matt are Alicia Vikander, fresh from her Oscar win for The Danish Girl; Vincent Cassel (Black Swan); and Tommy Lee Jones (known for, well, being Tommy Lee Jones).

Twelve years is a long time in more ways than one, it would appear. Shot on location in Berlin, Las Vegas, London and Washington, the movie required Matt to follow a “brutal” training regime, according to an interview with the BBC.

“For the first Bourne movie I was 29, and I thought that was hard work getting into shape. Now I’m 45, and it’s just brutal. We shot this bare-knuckle fighting scene on my 45th birthday, and it was a lot of work to get there. I was on a very strict diet and spent a lot of time in the gym just making myself miserable.”

Poor Matt. By the look of things though, it was worth it. Ahem:

Jason Bourne opens in theaters on July 29.

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Filed Under: Jason Bourne, Matt Damon
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.