Matt Damon to Make Directorial Debut on ‘The Foreigner’, Joins Chris Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

By August 29, 2013

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Looks like it’s become a sort of unofficial Matt Damon Week here at GeekNation. Yesterday, we wrote about how the actor chimed in with his thoughts on his buddy Ben Affleck playing Batman, and now we have two major Damon-related news stories to go along with that.

First up, The Playlist reports that Damon is finally going to make his directorial debut. (Deadline says it will be called The Foreigner.) Based on a New Yorker article from 2011 called “A Murder Foretold,” the movie will tell the true story of a man who is killed in Guatemala and leaves behind a video that implicates the country’s president and first lady in massive country-wide corruption. A hotshot prosecutor comes in to find the truth behind the man’s death and see how valid his claims were. No word yet on whether or not Damon will play the prosecutor, but we do know that the screenplay is being written by Chris Terrio, the Oscar-winning scribe of Affleck’s Argo.

Damon was set to make his directorial debut on 2012’s Promised Land, which he co-wrote with co-star John Krasinski, but scheduling conflicts with Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium forced him to step out of the director’s chair on that one. (He ended up getting his Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant to helm the project.) He’s been looking to direct for a while now, and he’s clearly hoping to follow in the footsteps of Affleck by working with Ben’s recent collaborator Terrio.

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In other news, The Playlist also reports that Damon has joined the already-incredible cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. His role in that one is being kept close to the vest (as is the case with all of Nolan’s recent projects), but the site says Damon will only be on set for about two weeks out of the four month shoot, so that shortened time frame and the fact that he’s coming on rather late in the game indicates he’ll only have a small part in the wormhole mystery. He joins Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, and Michael Caine.

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