Matt Damon to Lead Kenneth Lonergan's 'Manchester-by-the-Sea'
While Matt Damon has teamed with director Kenneth Lonergan before, you may not have heard much about it. That's because Lonergan's drama Margaret hit the festival circuit in 2005, but sat on a shelf waiting for release until it got an unceremonious limited release in 2011 (which is a shame, because the film is pretty good). But now the two are going to work together again in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a drama that looks to be produced by OddLot Entertainment with pre-production beginning this week with an eye to shoot this fall. Lonergan, who got an Oscar nomination for You Can Count on Me, also wrote the script.
THR says the film will follow Damon as a lazy and irresponsible Boston plumber forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. Suddenly he finds himself having to take care of his brother's 16-year old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past. Damon is a Boston native, so he'll have no problem fitting into the role, and since Lonergan's screenplay has been said to be similar in tone to the aforementioned Oscar-nominated script. Could this get Damon another acting Oscar nomination following a Best Supporting Actor nod in 2009 for Invictus? We'll have to wait and see.