In June we posted a story that Matt Damon might join the cast of Cameron Crowe’s drama WE BOUGHT A ZOO and today we have confirmation that he will indeed play the lead in the film. The plot follows a struggling husband whose wife has cancer and they buy an estate that ends up being a zoo for exotic animals which they try to reopen to the public. WE BOUGHT A ZOO will also star Scarlett Johansson and Elle Fanning and is set to open December 23, 2011.
Anything Cameron Crowe touches is usually good and when you add an actor like Matt Damon it just ups the ante exponentially. This is on the (ever growing) list of movies to see next year. 2011 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for films (if they turn out to be any good) so start making your list to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Acting! The New York Times has assembled 14 actors to perform a variety of classic screen types in short films directed by photographer Solve Sundsbo. Javier Bardem, Michael Douglas, James Franco, Tilda Swinton and Natalie Portman provide highlights, but pay special attention to Matt Damon’s hilarious silent screaming fit and Jennifer Lawrence’s sexy horror homage. Once again, The Winter’s Bone actress shows just what she had hidden underneath that bulky winter wardrobe. Also of note: singer Owen Pallet did the accompanying music, which sounds an awful lot like Johnny Greenwood’s score from There Will Be Blood. Not that anyone is complaining. [NYT]
Hollywood star isn’t worried about turning 40 this year and says he wants to turn to direction in the new decade of his life. Damon, who will turn 40 in October, said: “I can’t wait to direct. The only thing that is stopping me from directing is that I keep getting these great roles.”
The Bourne Identity says he isn’t worried about ageing because his Invictus co-star Morgan Freeman, 72, told him that 40 is the best age to be, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
“I was talking to Morgan and someone said I was about to turn 40 and Morgan said, ‘Are you about to turn 40?’ I said I was and he said, ‘You are just coming into your prime.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he replied, ‘The 40s is the best decade by far. That’s when things really get good’,” said Damon.
Trivia on Matt Damon
Matt Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, writer, and philanthropist whose career was launched following the success of the film Good Will Hunting, from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend Ben Affleck. The two won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for the work and Damon garnered multiple nominations for Best Actor, including the Academy Award, for his lead performance in the same film.
Damon went on to star in films such as Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr. Ripley, the Ocean’s series, the Bourne series, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, The Departed, The Informant! and Invictus. He has received multiple award nominations for his film performances and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Damon is one of the top thirty-five highest grossing actors of all time. In 2007, he was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
Damon has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, and Water.org. With his wife, Luciana Bozán Barroso, Damon has two daughters, Isabella and Gia, and a stepdaughter, Alexia, from Barroso’s first marriage.
Plans for a fourth “Bourne” movie stalled late last year when director Paul Greengrass walked away from the franchise and star Matt Damon followed, stating he wouldn’t do the sequel with anybody else. But the actor remained hopeful of his participation in the series, telling MTV News in December, “I think it’s going to happen someday.”
Damon continues to see himself in the role, more recently telling Empire that he and Greengrass are “probably another five years away” from the next chapter. But the next installment may be another thing entirely. Damon believes Universal will keep the franchise alive in the meantime with a feature-length flashback.
“There’ll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one,” he told the British magazine while promoting the UK release of “Invictus.”
What such a prequel would consist of is now something for us “Bourne” fans to wonder about. The last film, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” seemed to clear up the character’s origins adequately through flashbacks and exposition. So maybe such a film would follow Jason on his pre-amnesia missions, in which the killing-machine character would be portrayed as more of an anti-hero.
Actually, a “Bourne” prequel seems a lot like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to me. Would Danny Huston again take over for Brian Cox? Would we see an early mission including all the Treadstone assassins? Younger actors filling in for Clive Owen, Marton Csokas, Russell Levy and that guy who awkwardly jumps to his death in “The Bourne Idenity”?
Or, maybe it will just be a romantic comedy about the affair between Jason and Nicky (Julia Stiles’ character). I’m really curious how that relationship could have possibly happened, however serious it was, given what we’ve seen of the characters over the course of the trilogy.
Would you be okay with the “Bourn” franchise continuing with a prequel? A Reboot? What would you like to see in a pre-amnesia “Bourne” movie?
Matt Damon is ditching the successful “Bourne” series, and will not star in the series’ fourth film. Damon, who played government agent Jason Bourne in the last three movies, admitted that the franchise’s future remains uncertain but expects that the next film will be a prequel to the original 2002 “Bourne Identity” movie.
“I don’t know you know. I think it will be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one.
I think we are probably five years away from another one. We gotta get a script. If you have any ideas please call Universal.”
Previously, Damon had said that he hoped to start work on a new Bourne movie in 2011. Later, however, he admitted that he wasn’t sure if he’d sign up again after director Paul Greengrass’ departure.
Damon, 39, would now rather spend his time focusing on directing, but only if the right project comes along.
“I want a simple little human story. Something like Good Will Hunting or something that’s smaller like that. Nothing too tricky the first time.
I don’t know if I’ll be in it. I’d prefer not to be. I’ve heard from other people and Ben told me it’s tough, it’s a lot of hard work.”
Universal is moving ahead with its fourth installment of “The Bourne Identity” franchise, setting George Nolfi to write the script. Nolfi was co-writer of the third film, which was based on a story by Tony Gilroy.
Though the series is based on the Robert Ludlum novels, the new film won’t be based on a Ludlum title, but rather an original story.
Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are attached to the new film.
It is reported in the US that Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon are considering working on the Morgan Freeman-starring Nelson Mandela biopic ‘The Human Factor’.
Variety reports that the film is an adaptation of the John Carlin Book ‘The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World’.
The story takes place during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa when Mandela was in his first term as President and tells of how he used the event to break down racial barriers.
Eastwood is considering directing the film while Damon is in preliminary talks to play the Springboks’ captain, Francois Pienaar.
Also there is a new “interview” here
Damon punches out
Matt Damon‘s out, and Brad Pitt‘s in. That’s the latest on Darren Aronofsky‘s highly anticipated pugilist pic “The Fighter.” Apparently because of a scheduling conflict, Damon has bowed out of the big-budget boxing flick, in which he was to play trainer Dick Ecklund to Mark Wahlberg‘s “Irish” Micky Ward. Based on the brothers’ true story, the film will chronicle the duo’s rough-and-tumble early days in Lowell. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Silver, whose credits include the gritty “8 Mile” and “The Mod Squad,” is rewriting the script.
Variety offers guide to Matt’s life
Speaking of Damon, Variety’s Peter Bart cautions the Cambridge-bred actor not to take himself too seriously. The trade’s editor in chief writes in this week’s issue that the “Bourne” star risks becoming boring if he continues to avoid the spotlight so assiduously. “Does it represent a response to the Owen Wilson-Lindsay Lohan school of self-destructiveness? . . . Living in denial seems mildly pathological, Matt.” In conclusion, Bart recommends Damon consider living more like, say, George Clooney. “Brando is so not today’s role model, either in terms of behavior or heft.”