Casey Affleck Ready to 'Race to the South Pole' for Damon & Affleck
After leading his brother's film Gone Baby Gone, actor Casey Affleck is collaborating with his brother yet again. THR reports Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up to produce Race to the South Pole, a new drama with the younger Affleck attached to star. The true story follows two explorers in the early 1900s and their pursuit to be the first person to reach the South Pole, which is the last uncharted territory on the planet at the time. Affleck will play Robert Falcon Scott, a British man who is up against a Norwegian Roald Amundsen (a role yet to be cast), in a race seen as heroic and internationally intriguing for the time period.
Obviously, if you want to see which man went down in the history books, you can consult Wikipedia, but this film will be more about the journey rather than who won. Over the past decade, the elder Affleck and Damon have only executive produced, but the former has created quite a lucrative directing career after The Town, Gone Baby Gone and the forthcoming Argo while the latter has a big endeavor coming to theaters in the form of Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, a film which Damon co-wrorte produced and stars in. If the duo are teaming for this project from writer Peter Glanz, then it must be a solid script, especially since the younger Affleck chooses his scripts rather carefully. And considering the buzz surrounding Affleck's true life story of Argo, this sounds like a great project for him to bring to the big screen with Damon. Thoughts?