Matt Damon not to star in next ‘Bourne’ movie

October 11th, 2010 - 11:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Los Angeles, Oct 11 (IANS) Hollywood actor Matt Damon will not star in the next “Bourne” movie titled “The Bourne Legacy”.

Damon has played secret agent Jason Bourne in three films, but sparked rumours that he will also quit the franchise if director Paul Greengrass quits. The actor insisted he would not return to the role unless his friend was in charge.

Director Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplay for the three Bourne movies, has been hired to take over from Greengrass and he has now confirmed Damon will not be a part of new movie “The Bourne Legacy”, reports imdb.com.

“This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one’s replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter… this is a stand-alone project,” said Gilroy.

Gilroy insists Damon has the option to return to the franchise in the future.

He said, “The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal. Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy… the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return (in the future).”

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