There has been a CIA level of secrecy around the fifth installment in the Jason Bourne film franchise. But Matt Damon is offering a glimpse into the world of Bourne 5 — and it’s a world that’s not dissimilar to our own.

“There’s been the financial collapse, the great recession, all these issues of cyberwarfare and civil liberties,” star and producer Damon tells EW for this week’s First Look issue.

The tumultuous present serves as the backdrop for this story, in which Bourne resumes his quest for answers about his past. “We find him in a dark and tortured place,” says the actor, who agreed to resurrect his superspy for returning director Paul Greengrass. (Neither was involved in the 2012 spin-off,The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner.)

Damon previously revealed that the fifth film in the series, based on the novels by Robert Ludlum, will pick up 12 years after Bourne’s disappearance in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), which was set in 2004.

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The series also adds Ex Machina breakout Alicia Vikander, playing a cyberspecialist; Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones, who plays a hardened CIA agent; and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan). Julia Stiles is also returning.

Bourne 5 is due in theaters July 29.

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