The big news surrounding the fifth film in the Bourne franchise has been the return of Matt Damon in the title role but, up until now, we’ve had no indication of who our hero will be going up against. Well wonder no longer, as Variety (opens in new tab) is reporting that Vincent Cassel has won the race to play the film’s chief antagonist. According to the report, Cassel will play an assassin, which should come as no surprise given Bourne’s own line of work. No further details are known at this stage, although it will be interesting to see whether he will play a more cerebral brand of foe to the crash-bang-wallop likes of Karl Urban and Edgar Ramirez.
Plot details remain scarce, although Damon did recently make reference to the "post-Snowden" world (opens in new tab) in which the film is set. Directed by the returning Paul Greengrass and co-starring Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles and Tommy Lee Jones, Bourne 5 will open in the UK and US on July 29, 2016. An official title has yet to be confirmed.