and Ben Affleck
, stars of "Good Will Hunting
," are preparing to make their first joint film
appearance in 24 years.
for “The Last Duel,” directed by Ridley Scott and based on the last officially recognized judicial duel fought in France
circa 1386, was released
on Tuesday by 20th Century Studios. It follows knight Jean de Carrouges (played by Damon), who accuses his friend and squire, Jacques LeGris (Adam Driver
), of raping his wife
, Marguerite de Carrouges (
To settle the conflict, King Charles VI (Affleck) orders a duel between the two men, with the one who survives declared the winner as a sign
of God's will.
The film, which opens on October 15, is based on Eric Jager's 2004 book
, "The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial
by Combat in Medieval France." Damon and Affleck co-wrote the screenplay, their first since 1997's "Good Will Hunting," which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in collaboration with Nicole Holofcener.
According to Entertainment Weekly
, Affleck was originally cast in the role of Jacques LeGris, but opted to play King Charles VI instead, making way for Driver.
During an appearance on “The Bill Simmons Podcast
” in 2019, Damon referred to Holofcener, whose credits include “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Friends
,” as an “incredible” co-writer.
“It’s really a movie
about perspective,” he explained, “so Ben and I wrote the male perspectives and Nicole wrote the female perspectives, so I think it could be really interesting.”
Despite the fact that many of his cast mates returned home
when production on "The Last Duel" was halted last year due to COVID-19
, Damon chose to stay in Dalkey, Ireland
, where much of the film was shot, with his family
of the dressed-down actor taking solitary walks around the seaside town quickly circulated on social media
, prompting locals to dub him "Matt O'Damon."