“Good Will Hunting” duo Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are gearing up for their first joint comeback to the big screen in 24 years.
20th Century Studios unveiled the trailer for “The Last Duel,” which hits theaters this fall on Tuesday. Directed by Ridley Scott, the period drama is based on the last officially recognized judicial duel in France, around 1386. It follows the knight Jean de Carrouges (played by Damon), who accuses his friend and squire, Jacques LeGris (Adam Driver ), of having raped his wife, Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer).
To settle the dispute, King Charles VI (Affleck) orders the two men to duel, the one who remains alive is declared the winner as a sign of God’s will.
The film, due for release on October 15, is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 book, “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France”. Damon and Affleck co-wrote the screenplay for their first such collaboration since “Good Will Hunting” in 1997 which won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay along with Nicole Holofcener.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Affleck was originally scheduled to play Jacques LeGris, but eventually gave way to Driver by opting for the role of King Charles VI.
Appearing on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” in 2019, Damon called Holofcener whose credits include “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Friends with Money” – an “incredible” co-author.
“It’s really that movie about perspective,” he said. “So Ben and I wrote the male perspective and Nicole wrote the female perspective. So I think it could potentially be very interesting.
Production of “The Last Duel” was halted last year due to COVID-19. Although many of his cast mates returned home, Damon chose to shelter in place in Dalkey, Ireland, where much of the film was filmed, with his family.
Photos of the disguised actor enjoy lonely walks around the seaside town quickly took to social media, while locals reportedly dubbed him ‘Matt O’Damon’.
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