The pieces are starting to fall in place for “The Last Duel,” and we like what’s emerged.Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up again, and famed filmmaker Ridley Scott is involved. Affleck and Damon are writing the screenplay with Nicole Holofcener, and Scott will direct, according to a new Deadline report. The publications source’s say that Damon and Affleck intend to star as well.
The project is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France.” It centers on two friends who will be played by Damon and Affleck: the knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris. When Carrouges returns from war and accuses Le Gris of raping his wife, Maguerite, a duel to the death is set up to settle the conflict.
The three co-writers are reportedly close to finishing the script. Incidentally, it’s the first time Damon and Affleck have teamed up on a screenplay since they wrote “Good Will Hunting” (and won an Academy Award for it), as Deadline notes. They have reunited on other projects in the interim, though, such as the documentary series “Project Greenlight” and different films in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse. Meanwhile, “The Last Duel” is a reunion for Damon and Scott as well, as they worked together on “The Martian.”
Scott and Kevin Walsh are producing for Scott Free, while Damon and Affleck produce via Pearl Street.
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