Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has been cast alongside Matt Damon in the next installment in his Bourne franchise.
Ahmed garnered attention in last year’s Nightcrawler alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, helping him land a leading role in Rogue One.
Plot details are currently unknown, though sources say Ahmed will play a tech specialist at the CIA. Sources say Ahmed had always been the top choice for this key role, but scheduling conflicts with Rogue One were preventing Ahmed from taking the role. However, those scheduling conflicts have been worked out and the Bourne sequel, allowing Ahmed to film both movies.
Damon’s Bourne movies grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office starting with 2002’s The Bourne Identity, followed by 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy, and 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum.
With production currently under way in Budapest, Ahmed joins Damon, Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Scott Shepherd (Bridge of Spies) Tommy Lee Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum). Paul Greengrass is returning to the franchise as director, also having co-written the script with Damon and Christopher Rouse, with Frank Marshall again producing.
The as-yet-untitled Bourne sequel is set for release on July 29th, 2016.