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Vincent Cassel to play new Bourne villain

Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Story by Jack Foley

VINCENT Cassel will play a villain in the next Jason Bourne movie, according to Variety.

The French actor, 48, will reportedly play an assassin tracking Matt Damon’s Bourne in the as-yet untitled film.

The keenly anticipated action thriller will see Damon reunite with regular series director Paul Greengrass, who also co-writes the screenplay with Christopher Rouse after taking time out from the $1.2bn espionage saga.

Storyline details for the new film remain thin on the ground, but Greengrass hopes to begin shooting imminently for a release date of July 29, 2016.

Another series regular, Julia Stiles, will also return as Nicolette “Nicky” Parsons, previously a sympathetic employee of shadowy spy agency Treadstone, while two newcomers are Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones.

Cassel – best known for his work in films like Mesrine and Eastern Promises, is experiencing a busy period, with the Cannes 2015 Palme D’Or competition entries Tale of Tales and Mon Roi, cult leader drama Partisan and Carlos Diegues’ period drama The Great Mystical Circus all on his slate of upcoming films.

He has previously worked with Damon on 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen.

Damon last portrayed the amnesia-ridden assassin in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, following which Jeremy Renner played a different agent in the less successful The Bourne Legacy in 2012.

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