First Look: Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass' Green Zone!
I just happened to mention in an earlier piece how I'm looking forward to the 2009-slated Green Zone starring Matt Damon. Lo and behold, we now find sneak pics of the actor presently filming in London via The Bad and Ugly. There isn't much to these shots, save for seeing Matt Damon done up as military officer Rory Miller, but it's worth a look - especially if you're a fan of Damon or are just curious to see how Green Zone is shaping up.
Green Zone is directed by Paul Greengass, who Damon knows pretty well - Greengrass directed both the Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, as well as Bloody Sunday and United 93 without Damon. While I haven't read the book, Rajiv Chandrasekaran's The Imperial Life in Emerald City serves as a loose basis for the film. The book appears to be politically centered, whereas the film largely deals with Damon's character accompanying CIA agents and a journo follow-on (Amy Ryan) in the search for weapons of mass destruction. Greg Kinnear also stars as one of those agents.
I mentioned earlier the stigma that seems to surround Iraq and war themed films as of late. While I definitely think there's a downward trend here, Green Zone seems like it might elude that a bit and go the way of The Kingdom. You have two primaries from the Bourne series, after all. How could this not have some bitchin' action to it?
It'll be interesting to now see Damon as an action character other than Jason Bourne. I'll have to divorce myself from thinking he's a super-trained spy that can break all the rules and root out the WMDs single-handedly. As Miller in Green Zone, he's a bit more grounded and teamed with other equally compelling characters.
While hard to say at this point, Green Zone smacks a little of the 1997 film Peacemaker. In that film, George Clooney plays a military officer accompanying intellectual Nicole Kidman in the search for a nuclear device. Not that the similarity matters, because I liked that film as well!