Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to Produce Movie Starring Casey Affleck
Though the duo won Oscars for their screenplay for ‘Good Will Hunting,’ both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck pursued different routes after that success. Now they’re reuniting to produce ‘Race to the South Pole,’ which will star Ben’s Brother Casey Affleck.
The film is based on the true story of true story of two explorers who want to be the first person to get to the South Pole. As The Hollywood Reporter tells us “Englishman Robert Falcon Scott and Norwegian Roald Amundsen were explorers from antithetical countries: one from the era’s most powerful empire, the other from a country that had just achieved independence. Their race, seen as heroic during a golden age of exploration, sparked international interest and galvanized the world to see who would reach Earth’s southernmost point first.” Affleck would play the Englishman.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – who haven’t appeared together in a movie since 2001′s ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ – also haven’t worked together much over the last decade, the last project they were both on was as executive producers of the show ‘Project Greenlight.’ During that decade Damon solidified himself as one of America’s best actors, while Affleck’s films were more flashy until projects like ‘Gigli’ stopped his career dead. But now he’s become one of the most sought after and respected directors working today.
And though casting Casey Affleck may strike as nepotism, Affleck delivered one of the last decade’s best performances in ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ so he’s no slouch either.