Matt Damon is set to return to Ireland to complete filming of The Last Duel, which had to be abandoned during lockdown, leaving the Hollywood A-lister marooned for an extended stay in the coastal village of Dalkey in Dublin.
According to the Irish Mail on Sunday, producers have booked The K Club in Kildare to quarantine the 200 cast and crew members.
It is also reported that filming on Ridley Scott's period drama, which also stars Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, will resume as soon as next week, even though Kildare’s lockdown was extended on Friday for another fortnight.
A source told the Mail: "It’s just really bad luck and it’s not simply a question of booking another hotel because we’re talking about a lot of rooms and a lot of space needed. That could be very hard to find."
Damon was left stranded in Dalkey with his wife, Luciana Barrosa, and their children, Isabella, Gia and Stella, and took up residence in Eddie Irvine’s house when filming was abandoned in March. The unassuming actor proved a massive hit with locals before he finally flew out of Ireland at the end of May.
During his two-month lockdown, Damon became somewhat of a temporary national treasure, regularly signed autographs, going for regular dips with his togs in a supermarket bag, and giving an interview to radio station Spin 1038 after they launched a campaign to find him.
Asked at the time if he would be back in Ireland, he said: "Of course I’ll be back, gotta finish the movie."
The Last Duel is slated to shoot in Dublin, Meath and Tipperary, and Ardmore Studios in Wicklow.