Matt Damon to be The Martian

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 April 2014
Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Matt Damon is being lined up to star in 'The Martian', but his involvement will depend on who is appointed director following the departure of Drew Goddard

Matt Damon is set to star in 'The Martian'.

The 'Monuments Men' actor is reportedly considering the lead role in the sci-fi drama, which is based on an e-book by Any Weir and described as a cross between 'Apollo 13' and 'Cast Away', with an American space explorer trapped on Mars and desperate to find a way back to Earth before his supplies run out.

While Damon - who has shot three sci-fi movies recently, 'Elysium', 'The Zero Theorem' and 'Interstellar' - is said to be keen on the movie, contract negotiations are currently up in the air following the departure of director Drew Goddard.

According to The Wrap, the 'Cabin in the Woods' filmmaker has left the project because of his commitments to 'Sinister Six' and Netflix's 'Daredevil' series, and studio Fox were unwilling to wait for his schedule to clear.

If Damon does take on the project, he will re-team with 'Elysium' producer Simon Kinberg, who is working on the movie through his Genre Films banner along with Aditya Sood.

Steve Asbell is executive producing for Fox.

The Martian

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
  • UK release: 30 September 2015

When a NASA Mars mission is struck by a storm and the team decides to abort, fallen colleague Mark Watney (Damon) is believed dead. But he isn't, and he goes about trying to survive until a rescue can happen. Spectacular, tension-filled, top-quality popcorn from Scott, centred on Damon's wryly funny and understated…

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