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Holbrook eyes ‘Promised Land’

Actor in talks for role in Gus Van Sant film

Hal Holbrook, who just wrapped Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” is in negotiations to join Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land.”

The Focus Features/Participant Media drama stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski as rival corporate executives, with the former thesp playing a character whose life is thrown into disarray after he arrives in a small town.

Frances McDormand is set to co-star as Damon’s sales partner, who prefers to follow the rules as opposed to breaking protocol. Rosemarie DeWitt will play a schoolteacher caught between Damon’s and Krasinski’s characters.

Holbrook will play an engineer who lives in the town and opposes a corporate takeover being led by Damon.

Damon and Krasinski wrote the script, based on an initial draft by Dave Eggers. Chris Moore, who co-produced Van Sant’s Damon starrer “Good Will Hunting,” is producing the pic.

Holbrook, who was last seen as an older version of Robert Pattinson in “Water for Elephants,” earned acclaimed for his recent perfs in Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild” and Scott Teems’ “That Evening Sun.”

Holbrook is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.

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