Along with the return of Matt Damon playing the lead character of Jason Bourne, Julia Stiles has also been confirmed to reprise her role in the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise, reports Deadline.
Stiles will return to play covert agent Nicky Parsons, working as an ally for the confused man stricken with amnesia who seems to have forgotten everything but his incredible skills as a lethal assassin.
Technically, some might call this a fourth film in the series, since the fourth Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy, released in 2012, did not star Damon nor Stiles, nor was there any involvement from director Paul Greenglass. Stiles, however, was an integral part of the prior three films.
Greenglass will return to write the screenplay for this fifth Bourne flick (which is yet to be named) along with Christopher Rouse, Frank Marshall, and Jeffrey Weiner. Greenglass and Damon will serve as producers, along with Greg Goodman, while Rouse and Henry Morrison will executive produce.
The first movie, The Bourne Identity, was released in 2002 and was followed in 2004 by The Bourne Supremacy. The Bourne Ultimatum brought the franchise back in 2007. In 2012, The Bourne Legacy was directed by Tony Gilroy and starred Jeremy Renner, as Black ops agent, Aaron Cross. The Bourne character was oddly not seen through the entire movie, as Damon chose not to return.
Between the last Bourne movie in 2007 and this new flick, Stiles has been busy with other projects. Most notably, she had a role in the movie Silver Linings Playbook, and appeared in 10 episodes of the fifth season of popular Showtime series Dexter in 2010.
In addition to her return opposite Damon, Stiles is also tapped to play a lead role in an upcoming film Beyond Deceit, starring opposite Al Pacino, and Go With Me with Sir Anthony Hopkins.