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Exclusive: Brie Larson Not Returning For ’21 Jump Street 2′

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Brie Larson is having an amazing year. She stars in three great movies in the second half of this year alone: Joseph Gordon Levitt‘s directorial debut ‘Don Jon,’ ‘The Spectacular Now‘ and ‘Short Term 12,’ the latter of which features a breakthrough performance that could put her right in the mix of the upcoming awards season. It’s a year that could turn Brie Larson into an A-list star and the lead of her own big franchise. But, there’s one franchise she won’t be a part of. We spoke to the actress today and she confirmed she won’t be returning for ‘21 Jump Street 2.’

We’ll have our full, extended interview with Larson coming later this month, but towards the end of our talk, we discussed her upcoming schedule and the recently announced ’22 Jump Street.’ Previously, Larson had said she had “no idea” what was happening with the sequel, but she told us that she met with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and found out she won’t be returning.

After speaking with them, it’s not something I’m going to be a part of anymore than just in spirit. I will be a virtual cheerleader for those boys doing it again. And I’ll be so happy to see the movie and laugh as hard as I did during the first one.

It’s unclear exactly why Larson won’t return, but the actress did say it wasn’t her decision:

It’s not necessarily my choice. It’s not like they said, ‘Would you do it?’ and I said, ‘No.’ That’s just the way the story goes.

Lord and Miller just recently signed on to direct ’22 Jump Street’ (so named because Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum‘s character literally move next door) last month and have filming scheduled to begin later this fall. The directors told Collider that the film will focus on the “marriage” between Janko and Schmidt but it’s unclear if either will have a new love interest in the sequel.

Larson recently wrapped the Bollywood style musical ‘Basmati Blues’ and is scheduled to shoot the comedy ‘Relanxious’ with Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis later this year. ‘Short Term 12′ opens in theaters on August 23.

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