Willem Dafoe Joins Matt Damon for Legendary's 'The Great Wall'
The next couple years are going to be very busy for Matt Damon. In addition to the return of Jason Bourne in a new film directed by Paul Greengrass, he's working on The Martian for release this year, and is set to star in Downsizing with director Alexander Payne. In addition, he's also got The Great Wall at Legendary Pictures from director Zhang Yimou, and the action adventure has just gained a new cast member. THR reports Willem Dafoe has joined the film which features a fantastical retelling of the origin of The Great Wall of China. However, details on Dafoe's character are being kept under wraps for the now. More below!
But the good news is we actually have some plot details as the trade reports Damon is playing a soldier in a group of mercenaries traveling to China in order to bring back gunpowder to Europe. But when the group is attacked by mystical beasts, the man finds himself in a war between a secret warrior clan and the beasts. Sounds like something akin to 47 Ronin, but hopefully this will be a little better so Dafoe can continue his solid line of projcets that has included The Grand Budapest Hotel, A Most Wanted Man, The Fault in Our Stars and John Wick over the past year. Production begins in April on location in China.