By all intents and purposes, 'Good Will Hunting' was the breakout role which paved the way for Matt Damon to establish the legacy he’s been able to since those late 90s. Though the talented actor started working in movies since 1988, the roles were bit-part, uncredited, or just extra work. The finally he was given the role of 'Specialist Ilario' in the Edwards Zwick movie, 'Courage Under Fire', starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan.
After receiving some amount of screen time finally, ‘97 rolled into town, and Matt’s career took off. He started the year with a small role in Kevin Smith movie, then rode the success of the Francis Ford Coppola movie ‘The Rainmaker’ which finally led to Good Will Hunting for which he and Ben Affleck received Oscars for the screenplay. Since then the talented actor just kept rising and rising to the point where he’s amassed over $3 billion at the box office which makes him one of the most commercially successful actors in Hollywood.
The last time we saw or missed Matt Damon was in the 'Deadpool 2' movie where he played a character classified on the call sheet as Red Neck #2. It was a simple cameo and pretty unrecognizable one, and since then we’ve not seen Matt Damon on the silver screen.
It is going to change when 'Ford v Ferrari' arrives on 15 November 2019, it is scheduled to be released in September of 2019, but it is during the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is being directed by 'The Wolverine' and 'Logan' director, James Mangold, and the film follows a group of determined American engineers led by 'Carroll Shelby' (Matt Damon) and his rash British driver 'Ken Miles' (Christian Bale) as they are tasked with building a race car (Ford GT40) to defeat the dominant racing car maker Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours Le Mans in France.
Watch: The trailer for Ford v Ferrari with Christian Bale and Matt Damon starring
The movie is coming from Walt Disney Studios and carries a budget of $97.6 million. Just by going by the trailer and the story involved we can smell Oscar bate, maybe this will be the second Oscar win for Matt Damon but who knows, not every Oscar bate succeeds. The hope is the movie doesn’t crash and burn like the cars in Le Man used to.
The director of 'Spotlight', Tom McCarthy, is combining strength with Matt Damon to bring 'Stillwater' to life. According to the synopsis, “A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his daughter who has been arrested for murder.” Abigail Breslin was the other person hired to play the lead in the movie. Abigail will next be seen in 'Zombieland: Double Tap'. Stillwater is currently filming, but there is no release date for the drama as of now.
Another movie in production for Matt Damon is ‘The Last Duel,’ which was being fast-tracked after years in development hell. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are writing the script along for the first time since they won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting. The movie is also bringing along Ridley Scott to direct the flick, with Matt busy with Stillwater, 'The Last Duel' only announced production and they would start filming as soon as Matt is done. The speed at which this movie is moving, we are expecting an Oscar time release date in 2020 or a mid-spring release of 2021.
Matt Damon Movies In Development
The first movie which pops out to us among the films being developed by Matt Damon is 'RFK'. A biographical drama, centering on the life 'Robert Kennedy', brother of 'JFK', who was assassinated while running for president in 1968. Matt is playing RFK, and it will be a tough task for the actor to pull this one-off. The film currently employs Nicolaj Arcel as the director, and there is no set production date for this one.
'The King of Oil' and 'Charlatan' are currently without directors and only Matt Damon currently scheduled to star in the movie. Both films are based on a real event, and both are being adapted from books. These movies will be further down the line.