Matt Damon joins ‘Interstellar,’ Eyes Directorial Debut With ‘A Foreigner’

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Dealmaking for "A Foreigner" still very early on in process

Matt Damon is in talks for a supporting role in the Paramount and Warner Bros. pic “Interstellar” and is in early talks to direct “A Foreigner” for Paramount.

It’s still very early in the dealmaking process for “A Foreigner,” as Damon still needs to meet again with Paramount on what his plans are for the film, but if the deal is made, it would mark the actor’s directorial debut.

“Interstellar” stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain with Christopher Nolan on board to direct. Production is currently under way.

Damon has tried for years to find the right piece of material to direct and came close with last year’s “Promised Land,” in which he ended up just starring in due to scheduling conflicts. He’s long been interested in being involved with a prestige awards-caliber film and “A Foreigner” would seem to fit that type of project.

Penned by “Argo” scribe Chris Terrio and based on the 2011 article “A Murder Foretold” by David Grann, the true story focuses on a murdered Guatemalan man who has videos of his killers distributed after his death in order to uproot the corruption that led to the death of many others.

Steve Zaillian and Garret Basch of Film Rites are producing along with Indian Paintbrush’s Steve Rales, who is also financing.

Damon is repped by WME and was most recently seen in Sony’s “Elysium.”

The Playlist broke the news.

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  1. Mariliz says:

    I am Francisco Valdes niece, who was accused of intellectual actor in this case. The New Yorker´s article is based on evidence that have already been proven as false and implemented by CICIG to benefit the government at the time. Now the case has taken a different turn and my family is open to teaching legal evidence and tell the real story about this case, as it would be a shame to do a movie based on false evidence that has destroyed the lives of two families.

  2. Christopher Nolan is a solid filmmaker but not without mea culpa. Matt Damon has a healthy career as an actor; his choices have been suspect. Damon has had no greater success than the Bourne trilogy.

    INTERSTELLAR, like every film, depends upon script detail and principal photography for the post-production process to matter — and Nolan accomplished this exceedingly well with most of his work thus far. Damon is a solid, journeyman actor…the rest depends upon an unknown: the script.

    PROMISED LAND speaks for itself; hopefully, the film treatment for A FOREIGNER will be worthy of the enterprise.

  3. Exclusionary says:

    Fantastic! Nolan and Damon will be a tremendous match and “A Murder Foretold” is an insanely gripping piece of journalism. Great news all around.

  4. Thomas says:

    Why Nolan why?

    • Tye-Grr says:

      What are you whining about? Matt Damon is one of the best and hardest working actors out there. Nolan is getting together one of the greatest and most eclectic casts he’s ever assembled. I get more and more excited for this film everyday.

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