According to Deadline, superstars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will finally make their on and off-screen reunion for Ridley Scott’s book adaptation, The Last Duel.
In addition to starring, both Damon and Affleck are on board to write the screenplay alongside Oscar-nominated director and writer Nicole Holofcener. This matchup would be the first time Damon and Affleck make their mark on a script since their Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting.
Ridley Scott will helm the feature, which is based on Eric Jager’s novel “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France”. Situated at Fox, which is currently under the Disney regime, the film would certainly make for darker fare at the recently-acquired studio.
It’s a revenge story of two best friends. Damon and Affleck will play them. The main characters are the Norman knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris. They were friends. One goes to war and returns to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife Margerite de Carrouges. No one will believe the woman, and the soldier appeals to the king of France to undo a decision handed down by Count Pierre d’Anencon, which favored Le Gris. The decision handed down is that the two men fight a duel to the death. The one left alive would be declared the winner as a sign of God’s will. And if Jean de Carrouges loses, his wife will be burned at the stake for punishment for her false accusation.
Due to its mature content, there is no guarantee the film will actually land under Disney. However, the report adds that other studios are chomping at the bit to pounce on the star-studded project.
Nicole Holofcener is on a roll as of late after writing the slept-on Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which starred Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. Not only did both actors receive Oscar nominations, but Holofcener got one herself for her work on the screenplay. Her previous credits include The Land of Steady Habits and Enough Said.