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Devan Coggan
December 21, 2015 AT 07:34 PM EST

After letting Jeremy Renner take center stage in 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, Jason Bourne is back, and Matt Damon is about halfway through filming the fifth movie in the series. In an interview with Variety, he teased a few small production updates and talked a little bit about why he decided to once again reprise his role as one of the world’s greatest assassins.

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“I wasn’t sure,” Damon said about whether he thought was done with the franchise after The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. “I hoped I wasn’t because I really liked the franchise and the character but I didn’t see a way to go. But I wasn’t giving up on the idea of doing it. [Director] Paul [Greengrass] and I kind of talked years ago about perhaps the way forward was just to let time pass and allow the world to change a little.”

Damon went on to explain that the fifth film will pick up 12 years after Jason Bourne officially went off the grid in 2004, adding, “What’s happened in those intervening years gives you a story.” He also teased a few key scenes and locations from the upcoming film, including “a nighttime riot scene” in Athens at the beginning and a “big car chase” down the Vegas strip in the third act.

The fifth Bourne movie was originally slated to be released in August 2015 but was pushed back to July 15, 2016. Julia Stiles will reprise her role as Nicky Parsons, and Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones have joined the cast. 

Read the full Q&A with Damon over at Variety

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