Matt Damon Announces Acting Hiatus as ‘The Great Wall’ Trailer Debuts

Matt Damon Is ‘Totally Fine’ with a Younger Actor Becoming Jason Bourne
The Oscar winner says he has no problem passing the torch.

Matt Damon, who has worked on more than 15 films in the past five years, announced on Thursday (July 28, 2016) that he’ll be taking a short acting break next year to spend time with his family.

While appearing on Today to promote the latest installment of the Bourne franchise, Jason Bourne, the Oscar winner expressed his excitement in taking a small hiatus from the silver screen. (After all, he has been playing the iconic Bourne for more than a decade!)

“I’m 45. I started doing these I was 29. All that [physical] stuff came a lot easier,” he said. “I’m so grateful that this role came into my life.”

“I took a bunch of roles in a row. I’ve done four straight movies in a row and I have one more to go,” he continued, jokingly adding that he’s “dragged” his wife and children “all over the world” due to his filming schedule. “They’re really good sports. They’re great travelers. But I’m excited to finish out this year of work and take a year off and be at their behest for once.”

However, Damon still a bit more work to be done before his hiatus. Amid news of his brief break, the trailer for Damon’s next film, The Great Wall, was released.

Starring Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau, the movie centers around an elite force making a stand for humanity on of the Wonders of the World, The Great Wall of China. The monster movie is set to open in 3D on Feb. 17, 2017.