BOSTON – If you stopped a random person on the street and asked them to name a Boston celebrity, there is a good chance you'd hear one of two names: Matt Damon or Ben Affleck. Yes, there might be some off-shoot people like action-heads who adore Mark Wahlberg or sports fans who would say Tom Brady or Larry Bird. But for the most part, Damon and Affleck would come to mind because of how ingrained their friendship is within the film culture of the city.
After all, the two collaborated on Good Will Hunting together, which became one of the all-time greatest Boston movies. In the public eye, the city of Boston became the culture of these two guys. And they haven't ever let it go.
One thing that was partially abandoned was the working relationship the two had, beyond their friendship. Still friends, of course, until very recently they had not worked on a script together since Good Will Hunting, which was an Academy Award-winning screenplay in 1997. They produced City on a Hill, a Showtime drama set in Boston with Kevin Bacon, but they never put their heads together on a screenplay in over 20 years.
Until now, that is. It broke earlier this summer that Affleck and Damon were writing a new script together, along with Nicole Holofcener, entitled The Last Duel, about a knight in the 1300s who goes to battle with his squire. The news was confirmed by an interview Damon conducted with Extra while promoting his new movie, Ford v. Ferrari, when he said, “We wrote for the first time in 25 years with Nicole Holofcener, who is a hero of ours. Amazing writer, she’s great. The three of us wrote this thing, so hopefully we will shoot it next year.”
That's more than enough to get this Boston movie fan excited! It's insane that Damon and Affleck never collaborated again after Hunting, but it's better late than never, I suppose.
The news continued about The Last Duel this week when it was announced that Jodie Comer, an actor from Killing Eve who just won an Emmy for her performance last weekend, was slated to be joining the cast of the film. Comer is highly talented and makes for an excellent fit in any project. Could us Massachusetts folk be any more excited for The Last Duel?