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Charlize Theron and Matt Damon 'lined up for Jeremy Clarkson's new show'

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Published 16/09/2016 | 11:48

Charlize Theron arrives at the MTV Movie Awards (AP)
Charlize Theron arrives at the MTV Movie Awards (AP)
Charlize Theron. Photo: PA
The Grand Tour featuring Jeremy Clarkson will launch exclusively for Amazon Prime customers on November 18. Photo: Amazon Prime/PA Wire

Charlize Theron and Matt Damon will reportedly appear as guests on Jeremy Clarkson's new motoring show The Grand Tour.

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The Hollywood A-listers have filmed guest segments with Jeremy and his fellow former Top Gear hosts Richard Hammond and James May, according to editors at British newspaper The Sun.

The new show, which will air on Amazon's streaming service, Prime, later this year (16), marks the return of the presenters to broadcasting after Jeremy's controversial axing from Top Gear last year.

Top Gear's popularity has floundered without the popular trio, and an insider tells The Sun that the former hosts’ new project is set to trump the BBC show by featuring some hugely famous names.

"All the early signs suggest The Grand Tour will have a much bigger pulling power than Top Gear," the source divulged. "Matt and Charlize are just two of the names involved. More big stars will follow. Top Gear's influence and power has clearly waned without Jeremy at the helm."

BBC bosses didn’t renew Jeremy's Top Gear contract after he was involved in a fracas with a member of the show's production team, and his co-presenters subsequently decided not to return for another series.

A rebooted version fronted by U.K. TV and radio personality Chris Evans and Friends star Matt LeBlanc struggled to draw in viewers after debuting in May (16).

One criticism disgruntled fans had of the show was that producers struggled to attract A-list celebrity guests on a regular basis, with funnyman Kevin Hart and actor Jesse Eisenberg the biggest stars who signed-up to appear.

The first episode of The Grand Tour, a 12-part series, will debut on 18 November (16).

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