The summer blockbuster season is well underway, and with it, Jason Bourne has once again graced the silver screen. Fans of the franchise have been waiting a long time to see Jason wreak his special brand of havoc upon those who have scorned him. It has been 14 years since the series began, and many of the young actors who appeared in The Bourne Identity have moved on to big and exciting careers. Let’s take a look at what some of them are up to these days.
Then: Matt Damon played the confused amnesiac super-assassin Jason Bourne.
Now: Most recently he can be found starring in the acclaimed film The Martian, and trying to pick imaginary fights with James Bond. In an interview with E! News he called the British super spy a "misogynist who likes swilling martinis and killing people and not giving a s--t... And Bourne would obviously win in a fight.” Can you really argue?
Then: Franka Potente played the free-spirited German girl, Marie Kreutz.
Now: It has been many years since her romantic exploits with Mr. Bourne. She has continued her American acting career, mostly on television, appearing in The Bridge, American Horror Story: Asylum and Dark Matter. If you would like to see how Franca looks in a corset and top hat, check her out in the BBC/FX miniseries Taboo opposite Tom Hardy.
Then: Chris Cooper played Alexander Conklin, the disgruntled CIA man hell bent on eliminating Jason Bourne.
Now: Chris Cooper is well known for playing the grizzled old man. Today Chris can be seen portraying the grumpy owner of a retro diner with a time-traveling closet in the back room (no, I said closet, not police box) in the Hulu original series 11.22.63, based off of Stephen King's novel. He even manages to make James Franco look halfway sane!
Then: Clive Owen played the assassin known only as “The Professor” and appears in exactly one full scene.
Now: Yes, King Arthur himself began his rise to stardom by trying to shoot Matt Damon in the head. Isn’t that how every Hollywood story should begin? Mr. Owen’s most recent role is as a deadbeat alcoholic father inexplicably entrusted with the life of an 8-year-old boy in The Confirmation. In his downtime he likes to read, explore London and (I can only assume) cry into his pillow as a result of the recent Brexit vote.
Then: Brian Cox played ornery CIA section chief Ward Abbott.
Now: Brian is most likely very pleased with most of his life decisions. However, one decision was such a miscalculation it must nag at his very soul. He turned up his nose at the chance to star in the epic fantasy extravaganza Game of Thrones! Whatever his reasons (cough *money* cough), he must now sit quietly with the rest of us commoners and wait for the new season to get his Peter Dinklage fix.
Then: Adewale played Nykwana Wombosi, a deposed African dictator with a target on his head.
Now: Despite having an almost unpronounceable name, Adewale has proven himself a superb performer. He possesses a strong screen presence, dashing good looks and rough, leathery skin — wait what? Oh, that’s right, Adewale is playing the infamous Killer Croc in the much anticipated and overly publicized Suicide Squad (seriously, how many trailers does one film need?).
Then: Walton Goggins was credited only as “Research Tech” in The Bourne Identity.
Now: Mr. Goggins has come a long way since appearing as a low-level CIA analyst who constantly gives Chris Cooper reasons to look unhappy. He has mainly stuck to complex characters in serious dramatic films/television shows such as The Shield, Justified, Sons of Anarchy and The Hateful Eight. He will be bringing all of his angst and anger to his latest project, in the laugh out loud comedy Vice Principals co-starring Danny McBride.
Then: Julia Stiles has appeared in all four Bourne films (let’s all agree to forget about The Bourne Legacy). She began in The Bourne Identity as an inconsequential CIA field operative, Nicky Parsons.
Now: Since The Bourne Identity, Julia has appeared in Mona Lisa Smile, The Omen, Silver Linings Playbook and one episode of Inside Amy Schumer. She is a talented actress, but not so good at dodging random motorcycles. During a short break from filming Jason Bourne in London she was struck by a motorcycle and was knocked unconscious. She recovered quickly and was able to continue filming.