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The rich continue to get richer, as Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR has added Matt Damon to its impressive cast. Already, we knew that Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, and Topher Grace had all been added and according to Indiewire, Matt Damon has agreed to appear in “a small, undisclosed role” and will only be on set for two weeks.
That isn’t the only Matt Damon news they have either. We already have heard this week that he may (or may not) return to his signature role as Jason Bourne, but now Indiewire is also reporting that he has lined up his directorial debut in A FOREIGNER. This film will be based on a New Yorker article, titled A MURDER FORETOLD, about a man that was murdered in Guatemala. That obviously isn’t the whole story but if you want to read about exactly what makes this project so interesting, go check out David Grann’s 2008 article.
Matt Damon had planned to make his directorial debut with last year’s A PROMISED LAND but reshoots on ELYSIUM made it to where he had to bring in Gus Van Sant. Damon is very picky now when it comes to the directors he works with. He won’t go back to the BOURNE franchise without Paul Greengrass and only seems to want to work with directors he is comfortable with.
Damon has obviously learned a lot (working with directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Soderbergh, Clint Eastwood and many others) and now has strong opinions on the directing process, so what better way to be in control than to direct something himself? Damon has also seen the way it had rejuvenated Ben Affleck’s career, so I am sure he has all the motivation and passion he needs to be successful in this role. He also seems to want to make smart, mature, political dramas, which we always need more of. I am hopeful he will follow in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, Mel Gibson, George Clooney and many other great actors turned successful directors.
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