Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander Join New ‘Bourne’ Film

The cast of the new Bourne film is taking shape – and fans can expect to see a host of familiar faces as well as some new ones.
Julia Stiles will reportedly return for another round of spy intrigue and action, along with Matt Damon (the original Jason Bourne) and director Paul Greengrass.

Although the plot details are unknown at the moment, she is likely to reprise her role as CIA operative Nicolette, who broke the rules to help the rogue agent.

Deadline is also reporting that Alicia Vikander is joining the franchise. The Swedish actress (Ex-Machina, Testament of Youth) has signed up for the Universal Pictures release and apparently dropped a potential part in Assassins Creed due to scheduling conflicts.
Jeremy Renner took the reins in the last Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy, which grossed more than $270 million worldwide, but audiences and critics were largely unmoved by the revamp.
Damon’s three Bourne installments made nearly $1 billion at the global box office.

The untitled Bourne sequel is due in cinemas on 29 July 2016.

Julia Stiles sells her Manhattan Condo

Actress Julia Stiles has sold her condo in New York City’s Gramercy Park neighborhood for $2.7 million.

Stiles was last seen on the big screen in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Right now, she’s starring with James Wirt in an off-Broadway play called “Phoenix.” She first listed the condo at 310 E 15th St #3B last summer. Stiles’ father bought the 2,081-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo in 2004, but her name is on the property records as the seller.

The unit has a private rooftop deck and a balcony off the living room. Each of the upstairs bedrooms has its own bathroom. The unit is modestly decorated, with blue subway tile in the kitchen, 2 small fireplaces and an upright piano in the living room. Stiles, 33, was a child actress who grew up in New York City.

Julia Stiles on Andrew Bird’s ‘Lusitania’

Actress Julia Stiles appeared in the “Bourne” film series. She will star in the off-Broadway play “Phoenix” at New York’s Cherry Lane Theater from Monday through Aug. 23. She spoke with Marc Myers.

I’m always looking for new music by artists who aren’t well known yet. That’s how I discovered guitarist-songwriter Andrew Bird in the early 2000s. When he released his “Break It Yourself” album in 2012, I loaded it onto my iPod, took it on a flight and wound up playing the song “Lusitania” over and over again. I even made “Lusitania” my alarm-clock song.

“Lusitania” is a ballad that opens with Bird whistling and playing guitar backed by this big ’60s Wall-of-Sound drumbeat. Then he sings in a deep, beautiful voice. The song is about the breakup of a supposedly unbreakable relationship, and his line, “But somehow it don’t register as pain at all,” resonated with me. Throughout the song, Bird explores how heartbreak can be murky.

None of the song’s lyrics are obvious and his sentence structures are poetic: “If your loose and libel lips / Keep sinking all my ships / Then you’re the one who sank my Lusitania.” Here, the song’s true feelings are beautifully masked by Bird’s unusual word choices and how they sound together: “You’re laying mines along your shore / Through my hull it ripped and tore / We don’t study this war no more.”

The song’s ocean motif is also appealing. I’m almost never happier than when I’m on a beach. I like the pull of the tide, which you feel in this song’s instrumental arrangement. It’s a primal thing, like a heartbeat. About halfway into the song, singer St. Vincent [ Annie Clark ] takes over, and it’s like hearing the woman’s response to Bird’s feelings. When she sings “Go ahead say something dumb boy / There’s no shame,” it sounds as if she’s trying to coax words out of him. When they sing together in duet, it’s powerful.

I often listen to “Lusitania” whenever I’m in an overwhelming situation. The melody and instrumentation are so soothing. This is particularly true on a movie set, when things get chaotic. Humming the song calms me down.