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Base camp: The area around Ballycurry Demesne was taken over by crew for The Last Duel

Base camp: The area around Ballycurry Demesne was taken over by crew for The Last Duel

On set: Matt  Damon on his horse for the duel scene near Ashford

On set: Matt Damon on his horse for the duel scene near Ashford

Matt Damon

Matt Damon

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Base camp: The area around Ballycurry Demesne was taken over by crew for The Last Duel

THIS is the first picture of Hollywood superstar Matt Damon in costume on the movie he's currently shooting in Ireland.

Our exclusive photograph shows the actor as a medieval knight in a full suit of armour while riding a horse in Co Wicklow.

The image was taken in recent days at a specially constructed fortress at Nun's Cross, near Ashford, for The Last Duel.

Matt (49) has already had some practice at riding a horse, as he and co-star Jodie Comer were pictured earlier this year on horseback in France in regular clothes while preparing for the film.

Matt has spent the last three weeks filming in Ardmore studios near Bray and also at Nun's Cross.

Tomorrow he and the 200 strong cast and crew will arrive in Co Tipperary for further filming at the historic Cahir Castle.

Insiders say Matt and co-star Adam Driver will be staying in a nearby hotel with the rest of the cast for two nights, rather than face a two hour drive back to their lodgings in Dublin.

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On set: Matt  Damon on his horse for the duel scene near Ashford

On set: Matt Damon on his horse for the duel scene near Ashford

On set: Matt Damon on his horse for the duel scene near Ashford

The historical movie stars Ben Affleck too, who wrapped up his filming here the week before last.

Matt and Ben were seen arriving in a buggy at Ardmore studios earlier this month.

It is believed Killing Eve star Jodie (26) has also left Ireland after her scenes were wrapped.

"Matt has hung out with the workers on the set in Co Wicklow and is a really nice guy," reveals an insider. "He doesn't have a minder when he's hanging out with the crew on set and has fitted right in."

The movie, which is directed by Ridley Scott (82), marks the first return of Matt's writing partnership with Affleck since their Oscar- winning script for Good Will Hunting.

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Matt stars in The Last Duel as Jean de Carrouges, a 14th century knight who is ordered to fight to the death with former friend Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver) after he accuses him of raping his wife Marguerite (Comer).

"It's about the last sanctioned duel in medieval France between these two knights, one of whom claimed the other raped his wife," explained Matt. "They could not resolve what had happened, and so they fought to the death to let God decide who was telling the truth."

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Matt Damon

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The surrounding roads around Cahir Castle will be sealed off to the public in the coming days with tight security.

Cahir Castle is one of Ireland's largest and best-preserved castles and stands on a rocky island on the River Suir.

The castle was built in the 13th century and served as the stronghold of the powerful Butler family. So effective was its design that it was believed to be impregnable, but it finally fell to the earl of Essex in 1599 when heavy artillery was used against it for the first time. During the Irish Confederate Wars it was besieged twice more.

It has also featured in Excalibur and The Tudors.

Local councillor Andy Moloney said the people of Cahir are hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars.

"Hopefully we will get a glimpse of the high profile actors in the coming weeks and create the buzz in Cahir that we have become used to in the recent years," he said.

After the Cahir shoot the cast and crew will then travel to Co Meath, where they will shoot further scenes at Bective Bridge.