Matt Damon not returning for the next Bourne film

Matt Damon

Matt Damon will not be returning for the next Bourne film.

The Hollywood star played action hero Jason Bourne in three films between 2002 and 2007 - with Jeremy Renner taking over leading man duties as agent Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy in 2012 - and there have recently been rumours he will reprise the role in the planned fifth movie.

Speculation intensified when it was announced that the film had been pushed back a year to 2016.

However, Frank Marshall, the longtime producer of the Jason Bourne films, told The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog that the rumour is "simply not true".

He said the film would feature Jeremy's character once again.

"Director Justin Lin is working with [writer] Andrew Baldwin on an Aaron Cross script/story that they pitched us a few months ago," he said. "I talk to Justin all the time and the script is not ready. It's a summer movie, and if we don't start pre-production now, we can't make next summer. Therefore, it's a wise decision to move to 2016."

Matt Damon starred in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, with the last two being directed by Paul Greengrass. The actor has previously said he would consider returning to the franchise with Greengrass at the helm.