Matt Damon Eyes Lead Role in Zhang Yimou & Legendary's 'Great Wall'
There's been a lot of buzz surrounding actor Matt Damon lately, from the talk of reteaming with Paul Greengrass for another outing with Jason Bourne, to a reunion with director Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester-by-the-Sea. Now there's another project on the horizon that the actor is circling and that's The Great Wall, a film that has been developing at Legendary Pictures since 2011 and once had Ed Zwick slated to be at the helm with Henry Cavil and Benjamin Walker starring. But now Deadline reports Hero director Zhang Yimou will direct the film, and Damon is interested in a role if it jives with his schedule.
Damon also had the lead role that eventually went to Christian Bale in Flowers of War, but it didn't work out. Plot details still aren't available, but the film is said to focus on the mystery behind why the Great Wall of China was built, and the key to that secret being hidden beneath the stones of the wall itself. Funnily enough, the latest draft of the script comes from Tony Gilroy, who wrote the films in the Jason Bourne franchise. In another interesting connection, Yimou was recently said to be circling an adaptation of The Parsifal Mosaic, a book from Robert Ludlum, author of the books that inspired the Bourne films. As of now Damon is slated to lead The Martian next, but we'll see if he can scale The Great Wall.
UPDATE: Deadline has also learned that Bryan Cranston might reunite with Legendary Pictures, after being one of the best parts of their Godzilla remake, with a co-starring role in The Great Wall. He's also in early talks like Matt Damon though, so there's no guarantees.