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Matt Damon to make directorial debut with movie he co-wrote with John Krasinski


Matt Damon, soon-to-be director. (Kena Betancur/Reuters)

The “Contagion” star and fierce defender of America’s teachers has gotten the green light from Warner Bros. to direct a drama that he co-wrote with John Krasinski of “The Office,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film — which also will star Damon and Krasinski — will mark Damon’s directorial debut.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Good Will Hunting” also had plans to direct another movie for Warner Bros., a project entitled “Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses,” but THR reports that the Krasinski team-up will come first.

Details of the film’s plot, as well as a title, are unknown at this point. But Krasinski developed the story idea, which involves a salesman who comes to a small town, with author Dave Eggers before bringing it to Damon. Production is reportedly scheduled to start in the spring, adding another project to the actor’s busy schedule, which also includes his previously announced turn in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic for HBO and promotion for his next film, Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo.”

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