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Matt Damon to Star in Marc Rich Movie at Universal

Matt Damon will star as fugitive billionaire commodities trader Marc Rich in “The King of Oil” at Universal Pictures with John Krasinski producing through his Sunday Night Productions.

The project, which is in the early stages, is being developed as a starring vehicle for Damon. It’s based on “The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich,” a biography by Daniel Ammann. Allyson Seeger is also producing for Sunday Night Productions, and Vincent Sieber and Uri Singer are also producing.

Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse will adapt the screenplay. Executive VP Mark Sourian will oversee production for Universal.

Rich was pardoned in 2001 by President Clinton on his last day in office. Rich had been indicted in 1983 on 65 criminal counts including tax evasion. He was in Switzerland when he was indicted and lived his life outside the United States until he died at age 78 in 2013.

Damon and Krasinski teamed on the story for “Manchester by the Sea,” which Damon also produced. Damon is set to star with Christian Bale in the untitled Ford vs. Ferrari movie, which James Mangold is directing at Fox. Krasinski is expected to star in and direct the “A Quiet Place” sequel for Paramount.

Damon is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham. Krasinski is repped WME and Schreck Rose. Shrapnel and Waterhouse are repped by CAA, Curtis Brown Group and attorney Sean A. Marks. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

 

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