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John Krasinski to Star in Matt Damon's Directorial Debut

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Oct 20, 2011 | 3:44am EDT

ALTAnything Ben Affleck can do, Matt Damon can do...well, at least on par with his former Good Will Hunting co-writer.

Affleck has shaped up to have quite the eye behind the camera (Gone, Baby, Gone, The Town and his upcoming Argo), but now Damon will have his turn to prove himself. The actor, who recently starred in the viral thriller Contagion and will next be seen in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo is stepping in to the director's chair to helm an unnamed script co-written by himself and The Office star John Krasinski. The duo will also co-star in the film together.

The movie will see Damon as a salesman who arrives in a small town and finds his life forever changed by the surroundings. Krasinski developed the idea with author Dave Eggers (who penned the scripts for Away We Go and Where the Wild Things Are), so while the description may not offer up a ton of details, expect a light-hearted drama peppered with plenty of comedy. Even with two Best Actor nominations, Damon has always had a great sense of humor (evidence: I'm F*cking Matt Damon), so this project seems right up his alley. Oddly, Damon was in the works on another film, Father Daughter Time, but that one's apparently on the backburner.

The movie is in the early planning stages and without a start or release date, but with the talent involved, it shouldn't take too long for the mystery movie to get the go-ahead. The biggest news here is that the overly-likable Krasinski has solidified himself as someone A-Listers want to work with—after a string of so-so dramedies like Leatherheads and Something Borrowed, he needs the bump. Matt Damon sounds like the perfect guy to give him the boost.

Source: Variety

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