Matt Damon Directing First Film; Co-Writing, Co-Starring With John Krasinski

Matt Damon made his first true splash in Hollywood by winning an Oscar for co-writing "Good Will Hunting," with Ben Affleck, a coming-of-age tale in which they also starred. Now, 14 years and a prolific film resume later, Damon's returning to his roots, co-writing and co-starring in a film with another fellow Boston boy.

And this time, he's taking it a step further: he'll be directing the film, too.

Variety reports that Damon will team up with "The Office" star John Krasinski on a new film, an untitled drama out of Warner Bros. The film, a legal drama, will feature Damon as "a salesman who arrives in a small town only to have his whole life called into question."

The pair have never worked together, on-screen at least, though Krasinski co-starred in "Leatherheads," a film made by Damon's good friend George Clooney. Beyond "Good Will Hunting," Damon has written the 2002 film, "Gerry," while Krasinski wrote and directed "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men," which was adapted from the book by David Foster Wallace. He's also directed two episodes of "The Office."

Back in May, Warners won the bidding for a spec script called "Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses," which Damon would produce and potentially direct. That film is being made through his production company with Affleck, Pearl Street, while this new film with Krasinski will be made under Krasinski's banner.

Damon has certainly worked with enough good directors to pick up a few helpful tips; he is one of Steven Soderbergh's go-to stars, and has worked with Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant and Doug Liman, amongst others. He just starred in Soderbergh's "Contagion," and will appear this winter in Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo," is filming Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium," and will work again with Soderbergh on the upcoming HBO Liberace biopic.

As for Krasinski, along with his continuing role on "The Office," he'll appear in next years "Big Miracle" and "Nobody Walks."

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