Tony Gilroy Confirms Our Fears: Matt Damon Won't Be In 'The Bourne Legacy'

Matt Damon in The Bourne UltimatumWhen Tony Gilroy was confirmed as director of "The Bourne Legacy" last week, there was renewed hope that Matt Damon might, just might, return for a fourth go-around as Jason Bourne. After all, if Damon absolutely had to team with a director besides Paul Greengrass on a new "Bourne" film, who better than the man who co-wrote the three previous installments?

Sadly, it is not to be... not yet anyway. Gilroy himself rang up Hollywood Elsewhere to tell them the following: "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.

"The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal," Gilroy continued. "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 [down the road]."

"We're going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas. When you see where we're going and see what we're doing it'll be pretty obvious... but Jason Bourne's actvities in the first three films is the immediate trigger."

In other words, we're going to get a new hero to follow in "The Bourne Legacy," though we may be treated to Mr. Bourne's badass return sometime down the line. Until then, just like Damon at the end of "Ultimatum," we'll be holding our breath.

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