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Julia Stiles back in action for next ‘Bourne’ movie

Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles in “The Bourne Supremacy.”

(Jasin Boland / Universal Studios)

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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