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Potente runs with Damon in ‘Bourne’

Pic begins shooting in Paris, Prague at end of October

NEW YORK — Hot off her potent performance in “Run Lola Run,” Franka Potente will be on the run again, this time with Matt Damon in “The Bourne Identity,” the Doug Liman-directed adaptation of the Robert Ludlum bestseller for Universal.

Story concerns a man who washes ashore bullet-riddled and without his memory, racing to elude assassins and recover from his amnesia. Potente’s character is kidnapped by Bourne but warms to him, even though he fears he may have been an assassin before. While on the run, they develop a love relationship reminiscent of the one in “Three Days of the Condor.”

The film, scripted by Tony Gilroy and David Self and produced by Richard Gladstein, begins shooting in Paris and Prague at the end of October.

Since breaking out in German pic “Run Lola Run” as the redhead who races through the city streets to find $20,000 in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend, Potente has starred in the Ted Demme-directed New Line drama “Blow” as the gold-digging girlfriend of drug dealer George Jung (Johnny Depp) and reteamed with “Run Lola Run” director Tom Tykwer in “The Princess and the Warrior,” a film to be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

She is repped by William Morris and German agent Marlis Heppeler and is managed by Parseghian Planco.

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