Film Fanatic: ‘Jason Bourne’ News, Charlize Theron in Talks to Join ‘Fast 8’


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‘Jason Bourne’ Plot Goes to a Dark Place According to Matt Damon

Of all the Super Bowl movie spots to debut last Sunday, the one that got me the most excited was seeing the first footage of Bourne 5 or Jason Bourne as it will be called. It’s been nearly a decade since Matt Damon last trotted around the globe kicking ass, taking names and thoroughly confusing any government that was after him.

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Matt Damon on the set of ‘Jason Bourne.’ | (Universal Pictures)

While The Bourne Ultimatum appeared to be a clean-getaway ending for the character, Damon and director Paul Greengrass were able to come up with a new story that to them is both fresh and exciting. In a recent interview with EW, Damon spoke about how the new film will build upon the foundation laid by the first three films:

“He’s living with the same things as he was before, and then he goes to find Julia Stiles’ character, who basically says, ‘Just because you remember everything, doesn’t mean you know everything.’ So you find him in a place that’s dark and unresolved.”

“This is the completion of this journey that started in the Bourne identity. It’s part of the first three movies, it’s not a whole new chapter. It feels like the conclusion, even though we’re not saying it’s the conclusion, it feels like the conclusion of my identity journey. It goes deeper than Ultimatum, basically.”

Damon basically hinted at the fact that this is the last chapter in Bourne’s story before catching himself and saying it feels like it is. It makes sense to say the character is in a darker place because he now has a clearer picture of his past. The first three movies were about discovering who he was and is and what he’s capable of and this new movie seems to focus on how he deals with everything he’s able to do both good and bad.

Damon also mentioned new cast members including Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones and how they clash over threats not only on the ground, but in cyber space. That should be an interesting angle to go down in relation to Bourne.

Jason Bourne opens July 29.


Charlize Theron in Talks to Join ‘Fast 8’

Fresh off of surviving a world of fast cars, explosions and death-defying stunts in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize Theron is apparently in talks to star in another movie with the same ingredients. Deadline is reporting that the Oscar-winner is being eyed to play the main villain in Fast 8.

Seems a bit preposterous that she would want to star in a brainless-but-thoroughly-entertaining Fast & Furious installment, but she did previously work with director F. Gary Gray on another action-oriented car movie in The Italian Job so perhaps she’s going through a faze. Or she just likes lots and lots of money.

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Charlize Theron might be going from a badass to a baddie in ‘Fast 8.’ | (Warner Bros. Pictures)

It would certainly be a welcomed change to see a female as the lead villain in a Fast & Furious movie and Theron has played villains before in movies like Prometheus and Snow White and The Huntsman (And the upcoming sequel).

But the concern is how developed her character would be if she was cast. This certainly wouldn’t be a Fast & Furiosa movie (I would love to see that cross-over) as the previous Fast films have featured numerous mustache-twirling bad guys rather than three-dimensional characters.

Fast 8 is supposed to kick off the first of one last trilogy of movies before Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson hang up the tire irons and if they’re interested in moving the series in a new direction (Highly unlikely), Theron’s involvement would be a possible sign of change.

But who are we kidding. Furious 7 made more than a billion dollars. You think Universal is going to mess with that formula?


Jennifer Jason Leigh Offered Role in ‘Ex Machina’ Director’s ‘Annihilation’

Quentin Tarantino successfully revived another career when he cast Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight. Her performance was insane, strangely comical and sadistic and it earned her an Oscar nomination.

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Jennifer Jason Leigh’s resurgence could continue with ‘Annihilation.’ | (

Now the actress has been offered one of the leads in Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name. The adaptation will be written and directed by Alex Garland who previously wrote such scripts for 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Dredd and who made his directorial debut with the stunning Ex Machina.

Annihilation follows the expedition of four women who are sent into the mysterious “Area X,” a portion of land in the United States that has been secretly quarantined due to abnormal activity. They are the twelfth expedition sent to investigate the area. The other actors already cast include Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Tessa Thompson (Creed).

The Wrap reports that the likes of Frances McDormand, Julianna Moore and Tilda Swinton (All Oscar winners) were all in the mix to play the fourth character but Leigh has now been offered the role. That’s some great company and I can’t see how how she doesn’t take the role considering the material and talent involved.

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