John Krasinski to Star in Matt Damon’s Directorial Debut

     June 8, 2011


Never one to be outdone by his Good Will Hunting buddy Ben Affleck, Matt Damon will soon follow that old actor’s cliché and admit that all he ever really wanted to do was direct. Damon has been considering stepping into a director’s chair for a while now, initially planning to cut his teeth on the long discussed baseball wife-swap movie The Trade, which also would have featured himself and Affleck in the lead roles. However, that movie is now on hold due to undetermined legal troubles and Damon plans to move on to Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses. The wheels are already in motion on the project, with a rough start date in place for next year with John Krasinski attached to star. Hit the jump for further details on Damon’s directorial debut.

matt-damon-01Though he’s never made a big stink out of it, Matt Damon has been planning to try his hand at directing for quite some time now and according to a recent interview he did with Vulture, the experiment could be happening quite soon. “I am coming closer to a directorial thing, yes,” claimed the actor. “I’ve got a few things that I really want to direct, and one I’m actually going to start at the first quarter of next year.” He then added “John Krasinski’s in it.” Though no official announcement has been made by a studio regarding Father Daughter Time, but it’s hard to imagine that Damon doesn’t have the power to get a reasonably-budgeted movie greenlit in Hollywood with him in the director’s chair.

So what is this mysterious movie all about? Apparently it’s follows a man who embarks on a cross-country crime spree with his daughter. Presumably it’ll be something along the lines of Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon, but with a little Bonnie and Clyde thrown in for good measure. Though Damon didn’t mention who Krasinski would play in the movie, it wouldn’t be out of the question to assume that he’ll be playing the father.

Damon could have a knack for working behind the camera. After all, the guy has worked with some of the finest filmmakers in the business like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, and Steven Soderbergh, just to name a few. He must have learned something about directing through osmosis alone and let’s not forget that Damon has an Oscar on his mantle for writing, not acting and the guy who shared that award with him certainly had no problem transitioning to behind the camera. Even if Father Daughter Time proves to be a one off career oddity for Damon, it will be worth taking a peak at just to see if he has any directorial chops.

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