×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Bourne’ Sequel Casts ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Actor Riz Ahmed (EXCLUSIVE)

Star Wars: Rogue One” actor Riz Ahmed has been tapped to join Matt Damon in the next installment in his “Bourne” franchise, sources tell Variety.

Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Scott Shepherd and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the project, with Julia Stiles set to return to the series.

Paul Greengrass is attached to direct and co-write the script with Christopher Rouse — rejoining the franchise after helming 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Frank Marshall again produces the action-thriller sequel alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executive producers.

Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Ahmed will play a tech specialist at the CIA. Sources tell Variety that Ahmed had always been the top choice for this key role, but scheduling conflicts with “Rogue One” almost stymied the deal. Insiders now say the dates have been worked out to allow Ahmed to film both movies.

Production is under way in Budapest. The film will bow on July 29.

Damon’s three “Bourne” movies, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007, grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Ahmed broke out last year as Jake Gyllenhaal’s cameraman in “Nightcrawler,” which helped land him a lead role in “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

He is repped by CAA and Gordon and French

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Naomie Harris Shriek

    'Venom 2': Naomie Harris Eyed to Play Villain Shriek Opposite Tom Hardy (EXCLUSIVE)

    Naomie Harris is in talks to play Spider-Man villain Shriek in Sony’s “Venom 2,” with Tom Hardy returning as the titular anti-hero. Andy Serkis is on board to direct, and Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson are also reprising their roles. The original film was a huge hit for the studio when it premiered in 2018, [...]

  • David Weisman

    David Weisman, 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' Producer, Dies at 77

    David Weisman, who was Oscar-nominated as producer of “Kiss of the Spider-Woman,” died Oct. 9 in Los Angeles due to complications from West Nile virus. He was 77. Weisman had a long career as a graphic designer and photographer and co-wrote and co-directed cult classic “Ciao! Manhattan” about 1960s icon Edie Sedgwick. Born in Binghamton, [...]

  • First still from the set of

    Composer Michael Giacchino on Setting the Right Tone for 'Jojo Rabbit'

    Michael Giacchino is a widely respected film composer, with an Oscar and a Grammy for “Up” and an Emmy for “Lost,” as well as a Grammy for “Ratatouille.” He is stirring up Oscar buzz again with his score for Fox Searchlight’s “Jojo Rabbit,” written and directed by Taika Waititi. Giacchino talked with Variety about the [...]

  • Michael Giacchino Film Composer

    How the 'Jojo Rabbit' Production Team Created a Child's View of Nazi Germany

    When picturing Nazi Germany during World War II, most people think of black-and-white or sepia-toned images of drab cities. For the cinematographer and production designer of “Jojo Rabbit,” a film set squarely in that time and place, it became clear that the color palette of the era was far more varied than they could have [...]

  • Robert Duvall (Oberst Kilgore)

    Studiocanal Steps Up its Heritage Game in Germay Via Arthaus Classics

    LYON, France – Continuing its devotion to heritage film in Germany, Studiocanal is bringing classic movies back into cinemas while also releasing newly restored DVD/Blu-ray collections of beloved titles. The leading producer-distributor enjoyed a major hit this summer with the one-day re-release of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now: Final Cut,” which scored 12,000 admissions in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content