Julia Stiles back in action for next 'Bourne' movie

Julia Stiles will reunite with Matt Damon in the next 'Bourne' movie

Matt Damon has some backup for his next Jason Bourne mission: Julia Stiles will reprise her role as CIA-operative-turned-ally Nicky Parsons in the untitled fifth installment of the "Bourne" spy franchise, according to a person familiar with the production who asked not to be identified.

Stiles costarred with Damon in each of his previous outings as the amnesiac agent — "The Bourne Identity," "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" — and, like Damon, she sat out the spinoff "The Bourne Legacy."

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news about Stiles' return.

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Also returning to active duty for the next "Bourne" movie is Paul Greengrass, who helmed "Supremacy" and "Ultimatum." He'll direct from a script he's writing with Christopher Rouse.

Set for release July 29, 2016, from Universal Pictures, the fifth "Bourne" movie was originally intended to be a sequel to "Legacy," which centered on Jeremy Renner as a different black-ops agent, Aaron Cross.

That all changed when Damon and Greengrass — who had long resisted making another "Bourne" movie despite the blockbuster success of their two collaborations — agreed to reunite back in the fall.

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UPDATE

5:35 p.m.: This post has been updated to clarify background information.

The first version of this post was published at 4:26 p.m.

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