Damon is set to star in “The Promised Land,” an anti-fracking movie which will begin filming later this month in the Pittsburgh area.
WME Agency, which represents Damon, confirmed that the “Good Will Hunting” star has signed on to the movie which he co-wrote.
The plot centers on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing: pumping a mixture of sand, water and chemicals into a well to break up rock and help extract natural gas.
So far few details of the plot have emerged, only that, according to IMDB “a salesman experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town.”
The project also boasts some other big names.
John Krasinski (“The Office”) and Rosemarie DeWitt (“Mad Men,” “United States of Tara”) have signed on to the film. Director Gus Van Sant, who shot “Good Will Hunting,” “Milk” and “Finding Forrester,” has signed on to direct the film, which IMBD says is now in pre-production.
There was a casting call in Pittsburgh this pastSaturday to fill parts for “great character faces, farmer looks, senior citizens, baseball players, upscale men and women with formal wear, teens and kids.”
There have been a few movies about fracking since Josh Fox directed “Gasland.” That movie catapulted the controversial practice into the national spotlight when it was nominated for the Academy Award for best documentary feature in 2011.
Check out the video below for more details of Matt Damon in “The Promised Land.”