Matt Damon is not in The Bourne Legacy, but that doesn't bother the actor in the slightest; as long as there's still room for himself and Paul Greengrass to return to the franchise some day, that is.
Damon spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming fourth Bourne movie, which will not feature Bourne himself. Instead, the Tony Gilroy-directed film shines the spotlight on another corner of the character's world, focusing on new elements without ignoring the stories established in past Bourne movies.
"I think it’s a smart thing to do," said Damon. "It doesn’t interfere with Paul [Greengrass] and me doing a movie. As I understand it, if you think of X-Men and then Wolverine, it’s just that process in reverse. Tony doesn’t want to hurt the Bourne story. So as I understand it, Jason Bourne is alive in the world that Tony’s going to create. I don’t appear in it, but it’s very much that world. As far as Paul and I are concerned, as long as there’s room for us to come in and do another one, we’re thrilled."
Damon went on to praise Gilroy, the new film's director and the screenwriter responsible for the past three Bourne outings: "Tony is a really clever guy. My guess is he has thought of a really great way to do it, to create a whole world that feels like the Bourne world, where Jason Bourne is very much alive and out there. We’ll see. I wish him well. It can only help us if it’s really good. And Tony at this point is an A-list director in his own right. He doesn’t have to do the movie. The fact that he found something that he felt was worthy of doing, I think, says a lot."