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The Bourne Supremacy - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the surprise success of The Bourne Identity in 2002, Universal Pictures will be bringing the second instalment of best-selling author, Robert Ludlum's series to the screen with Matt Damon reprising his role as trained assassin, Jason Bourne in The Bourne Supremacy.

The sequel will re-enter the shadowy world of spying and espionage, as Bourne continues to find himself plagued by splintered nightmares from his former life.

The premise, this time, unfolds when a Chinese vice-premier is executed by the notorious assassin, Jason Bourne, causing serious trouble in the CIA.

Yet Bourne is not responsible and quickly learns that someone has taken his identity, to use him as a scapegoat for creating a diplomatic crisis between America and China, prompting the real Bourne to find out who's behind it and prevent a path to war, while also protecting his girlfriend, Marie Kreutz (Famke Potente), whose life is threatened as a result.

Meanwhile, Nicolette (Julia Stiles), the sole survivor of the events in the first movie, is suspected by her CIA superiors of being in cahoots with Bourne, with Joan Allen stepping into the fray to play another agent intent on finding the rogue agent and bringing him down.

As you will have noticed from many of the cast names, many of the original survivors of the first film have returned for the sequel, including Brian Cox as another of the CIA’s shadowy power figures, although, as with the first film, proceedings are expected to stray away from the source, given that Ludlum’s thriller was very Cold War orientated and, therefore, dated.

Production started on November 10, 2003 at Studio Babelsberg, in Berlin, with international locations including India and Moscow.

The one notable absentee, however, is director, Doug Liman, who made such a terrific job of the original. He is reportedly tied up on another project and has been replaced by Paul Greengrass, of Bloody Sunday fame.

Yet expectations are high, with more strong characterisation and urgent action to follow in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed first movie.

Stiles, especially, is excited, particularly given her role has been substantially beefed up. She told that she shares ‘a really great scene’ with Damon in the movie’, where ‘he catches me sort of spying on him, and at the risk of giving too much away, he remembers that I was the last person who saw him and so, he also wants to help me fill him in on his past, but he wants to do it without the CIA sort of observing us or having me wired.

"So, he drags me into the subway and is interrogating me and even holds a gun to my head and things like that. I don't want to give it all away."

Stiles, of course, will be appearing in the Summer release of the film hot-on-the-heels of her West End debut in David Mamet’s Oleanna, alongside Aaron Eckhart at the Garrick Theatre.

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