As if we needed further proof our readers are epic, alert reader Matt W. has given us some major Bourne 5 scoop.
Production of the fifth in the Jason Bourne film series is under way in Las Vegas, and now we’ve got more details and spoilers from Aria Las Vegas.
First up, here’s an exclusive look at the letter Aria guests were provided about the Bourne 5 filming. The letter spells out the locations of the shoot over five days, through Jan. 15, 2016. See it full-sized.
This is for illustrative purposes only. Don’t sic your lawyer on us if your vision fails.
The shoot on Jan. 11 happened at Aria’s porte cochere and inside the casino, including the main lobby and front desk area.
Here’s the legal disclaimer posted to let casino guests know their presence amounted to approval to appear in the film.
Note that the production is under the name B5 Pictures LLC. It doesn’t take a code-breaker to decipher that “B5” is shorthand for “Bourne 5.” The movie hasn’t been given an official name yet, but insiders think it will be called “The Bourne Betrayal,” and while the plot of the book deviates quite a bit from the details we’ve heard about in Las Vegas, it seems to follow the general thrust.
Props to the casinos serving as locations for Bourne 5. They’ve done a great job of keeping details under wraps. Until now, of course.
Other photos from the location provide some world exclusives about Bourne 5 itself.
It appears the story takes Bourne to a technology conference called Exocon. Here’s a photo of signage creating the conference vibe.
An exocon is the part of a conjugated metabolite derived from the parent compound. Which we totally knew off the top of our head.
Another photo reveals some Bourne 5 gold. Speaking at Exocon 2016 are CIA Director Robert Dewey and Deep Dream Founder and CEO Aaron Kalloor.
To our knowledge, this is the very first time the name of Tommy Lee Jones’ character in Bourne 5 has been divulged.
This is such a world exclusive, we may need to borrow a Kleenex.
Aaron Kalloor appears to be played by Riz Ahmed, who has appeared in “Four Lions,” “Nightcrawler” and “The Road to Guantanamo.”
According to the Aria letter, filming will next take place at Aria’s north valet and the escalators to the promenade. On Jan. 13, the shoot moves to the Aria Convention Center.
Aria also mentions “loud noises or simulated gunfire” may accompany the shoot. Good times!
Previously, Bourne 5 has shot at McCarran Airport and the Greyhound station at Plaza Las Vegas. See more, including our exclusive photos from the Bourne 5 set.
Bigger, stunt-heavy sequences are expected to take place on the Las Vegas Strip soon, some involving thousands of extras. Keep your eyes peeled and let us know what you see and hear.
Another bigtime Hollywood production has made its way to Las Vegas, and this time its personal. Or something.
The as-yet-unnamed fifth Jason Bourne movie began filming in Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport on Jan. 6, 2015, according to sources involved with the film.
Production of Bourne 5 will continue here through mid-February 2016, with lots of Las Vegas locations and local extras in the mix.
Bourne film titles have been drawn from the books by Robert Ludlum. Bourne fans suggest this installment will be “The Bourne Betrayal.”
On Jan. 8, 2015, filming moved to the Greyhound bus station at Plaza Las Vegas, and we grabbed some exclusive photos of the production in progress.
Jason Bourne, consider yourself breached.
Actual Bourne key grips, gaffers and best boys, whatever those might actually be.
While many details of the Bourne 5 filming have been kept under wraps, a production of this size is virtually impossible to miss.
The shoot at the bus station, for example, involved dozens of crew members and a fleet of trucks and trailers.
On a movie production, the “honeywagon” is the truck with restrooms used by the performers and crew. Honeywagon just sounds adorable, doesn’t it?
While many of the production trucks were hidden behind the Plaza, a sure clue the filming was happening involved disguising the bus depot’s Greyhound signs with generic “Blue Line Transit” signs, called “Greeking” in the movie business.
“Greeking” is a common practice to cover up recognizable trademarks when they haven’t been cleared for use onscreen in a TV show or movie.
Granted, not every spoiler is going to make international headlines.
More sightings of the Bourne 5 production in Las Vegas can be expected in the weeks to come, and there’s even been a public call for local extras.
While the sequences filmed to-date have required relatively few extras, that’s expected to change soon. Upcoming scenes are rumored to require 2,000-3,000 extras.
Major action sequences will be filmed on The Strip, so we’re sure to see a flood of iPhone pics in the weeks to come.
You get bonus points if you snap a selfie with Matt Damon. He’ll most likely be found in a Sin City poker room, as Damon is one of the best-known celebrity poker players around. Damon also starred in a popular movie about high-stakes poker, “Rounders.”
In interviews, Matt Damon has said the third act of Bourne 5 will feature a “big car chase on The Strip.” Which, coincidentally, is the best possible answer to the question, “How could this Las Vegas blog be any more excited about the next Bourne movie?”
Kilts and Vegas winters are a match made in heaven.
The Bourne 5 chase sequence on The Strip is apparently proceeding despite what must’ve been concerns about pedestrians diving out of the way of speeding cars following the recent asshattery of a 24-year-old woman who intentionally drove onto the sidewalk in front of Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas, killing one and injuring 35. (She told witnesses, “I am in pain, I want others to feel my pain also.” Certifiable asshat.)
If we put the brakes on our Bourne car chases, the asshats have already won.
Expect the Bourne 5 production to crop up at mid-Strip casinos, and there are rumblings the car chase will climax at the closed Riviera. Which sort of has epic written all over it, especially if the action helps accelerate the hotel’s demolition.
Update (1/11/16): Alert reader Matt says he’s staying at Aria and guests are getting a letter stating Universal is filming at the hotel Jan. 11-15 with simulated gunfire. Here’s the letter to Aria guests, including what’s being shot, when and where. Filming will take place in Aria’s north valet and at Vdara, “off of Harmon Ave. and Las Vegas Blvd. in front of the Aria campus.” Interior scenes will be filmed Jan. 11-13, including in the hotel’s main lobby, casino and convention center, according to the letter.
Making some movie magic. Or, more likely, just standing around during the long stretches between the magic.
Bourne 5 stars not only Matt Damon as badass Jason Bourne (hopefully, he can help erase our memory of Jeremy Renner’s part in the series), but also Julia Stiles (Nicky) and Tommy Lee Jones.
The film is being directed by Paul Greengrass, and will hopefully include that awesome theme song by Moby.
You know the one.
Vincent Cassel is rumored to be the film’s central antagonist. Fans of the Vegas-spawned Ocean’s Trilogy will recognize Cassel as the nimble nemesis of George Clooney and Julia Roberts in “Ocean’s 12.”
It’s incredibly exciting to know Las Vegas will be a part of the Bourne saga. (We were going to say “legacy.” Thanks a lot, Renner.)
The Bourne 5 production has hopped around the world, including locations like Tenerife in the Canary Islands (doubling as Athens), England, Washington, D.C. and Berlin. It’s fitting the production culminates in Las Vegas, a city that specializes in excitement and spectacle.
If you spot the Bourne 5 production around Las Vegas, or end up cast as an extra, drop us a line!