Jay Roach to Direct Affleck & Damon's Yankee Sex Scandal 'The Trade'

May 8, 2014

Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson

Over four years ago, after Ben Affleck and Matt Damon decided to revamp their Pearl Street Films production banner with a first look deal at Warner Bros., one of the earliest projects that began developing was The Trade. The film will tell the true story of two New York Yankees pitchers who were caught up in a national scandal by playing real-life wife swap in the wild 1970's. At various times, both Affleck and Damon had been meant to direct the film. But now the two are only on board as producers, no longer starring in the film, and The Campaign and Game Change director Jay Roach is getting behind the camera. More below!

For those who don't know the true story, back in 1973, teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich disclosed that they were trading wives because Peterson had fallen in love with Kekich's wife and vice versa. Peterson and his wife are still together to this day but Kekich's relationship didn't turn out so well. At one time Affleck and Damon were also supposed to play the Yankee players (which is interesting since they both bleed Boston red), but now Variety says neither is attached to star in the film. After all, Affleck just has his own Live by Night pushed back due to Batman commitments at Warner Bros. and Damon is busy doing his own thing too. It'll be nice to have Roach get back to something without a political theme.

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