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Trailer for Ireland-shot Matt Damon drama The Last Duel gets release

Damon made headlines when he was photographed holding a SuperValu bag in Dalkey

Matt Damon

Neasa Cumiskey

The trailer for the film Matt Damon made in Ireland last year has been released.

The Good Will Hunting star had been staying in Dalkey while filming historical epic The Last Duel before the pandemic hit, and subsequently made headlines when he was photographed holding a SuperValu bag in the seaside town.

Now, the highly anticipated trailer for the drama has finally dropped, with Damon starring in the lead role of Jean de Carrouges, a respected knight known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield during the Hundred Years’ War.

Starring alongside Damon is Marriage Story’s Adam Driver, who plays de Carrouges’ best friend turned rival Jacques Le Gris; Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, who plays Damon’s character’s wife Marguerite de Carrouges; and two-time Oscar winner Ben Affleck as Count Pierre d’Alençon.

The now famous shot of superstar Matt Damon in Dalkey with his 'bag o' cans.

Based on actual events detailed in Eric Jager’s book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, the film follows Jean, Jacques, and Marguerite, who is viciously assaulted by Le Gris. When he denies this charge, Marguerite refuses to stay silent in a gripping tale of betrayal and venegance.

Director and producer Ridley Scott said: “I love working with Matt, so it was an added bonus to be able to work with him and Ben as both actors and as screenwriters, along with Nicole Holofcener, and I knew it would be a great result.

“I had admired the show Killing Eve and had been looking for the opportunity to present Jodie Comer with a challenging role. Her performance as Marguerite will make her one of the great actresses of her generation.”

Screenwriters Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener added: “This film is an effort to retell the story of a heroic woman from history whom most people haven’t heard of.

“We chose to use the device of telling the story from several character’s perspectives in order to examine the immutable fact that although often multiple people who experience the same event come away with differing accounts, there can only be one truth.”

The Last Duel opens in Irish cinemas on October 15th 2021.

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