Matt Damon has been teasing everyone with his directorial debut, and now it seems like he’s finally ready to buckle down and make it. Deadline reports that A Foreigner will be Damon’s directorial debut worth writing about. This is the first time Damon will step behind the camera, which marks a historical moment in the Good Will Hunting star’s illustrious career.
Once believed to be called A Murder Foretold, Damon will piece together the film, written by Argo scribe Chris Terrio. The story is said to be about “a man who is gunned down in the escalating violence in Guatemala, and leaves behind a videotape after his death implicating the president, his wife, and other close aides in his killing.” As was Argo, this story is based on true events. This time around Terrio has adapted a script based on a 2008 article from The New Yorker.
Talk about Damon directing started when pal and collaborator Ben Affleck made his directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone. Damon was supposed to make his directorial debut earlier with his passion project Promised Land, which would be a vehicle he both starred and directed. However, he decided that his Elyisum schedule was too bloated to do both, so he brought on old friend and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant to direct him as the lead.
The fact that Damon is using Chris Terrio for his directorial debut isn’t going unnoticed, and certainly isn’t a coincidence. Affleck and Damon have been compared to each other since they made moves with School Ties, and later broke out in Good Will Hunting. If Damon wants to show that he has quality work behind the director’s chair just like his buddy Ben, it might as well be with the same guy that brought Affleck to the top last year.
In other Damon related news, it’s just been reported that the actor has joined the expanding cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Looks like it will be quite the busy year for Matt.