Welliver off to ‘Promised Land’

Thesp joins Damon, Krasinksi in Van Sant-helmed drama

After working with Ben and Casey Affleck on “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone,” respectively, Titus Welliver is set to join their Boston brethren Matt Damon and John Krasinski in Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land.”

The Focus Features/Participant Media drama, which finds Krasinski and Damon playing rival corporate execs, explores the dynamics of how a powerful natural gas company infiltrates a small rural town to tap into subterranean resources that could change its residents’ lives forever.

Frances McDormand is set to co-star as Damon’s sales partner, and Welliver has been cast as her potential love interest, a local resident who is open to the gas company’s presence in the town. Supporting cast also includes Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Holbrook.

Chris Moore is producing the pic with Damon and Krasinski, who wrote the script based on an initial draft by Dave Eggers.

Welliver, who recently appeared alongside Sam Worthington in Summit’s “Man on a Ledge,” recently wrapped the NBC pilot “Midnight Sun” and Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” which Warner Bros. opens Oct. 12. Best known for his role as the Man in Black on ABC’s “Lost,” thesp also recurs on Kiefer Sutherland’s Fox series “Touch,” as well as the long-running CBS series “CSI.”

Welliver is repped by Paradigm and Leverage Management.