Damon is a bona fide celebrity, the kind that inspires hotelkeepers to send up complimentary pitchers of margaritas. But he's seriously worried about becoming an actor who looks too much like an actor. This thought came to him only recently, when he was in discussions with the writer/director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me), who is currently casting for a new film.
Lonergan wants Damon to play one of three roles, and Damon agreed to sign on without even asking for a script - he's a friend and admirer of Lonergan's, having starred in one of his stage plays, This Is Our Youth.
Damon is pleased that his name on the film might assist Lonergan in getting production money. But he's also worried that he might dominate the cast of a small-budget film. He's still not sure what he'll do.
Lonergan's upcoming Margaret, in development at Fox Searchlight will be produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack and Scott Rudin. The film was described in Variety thus: "Story centers on a 17-year-old girl who witnesses a bus accident, and what seems like a simple issue of whether it was or was not accidental slowly spreads out to affect many people."
Playwright, screenwriter and director Kenneth Lonergan will begin filming his follow-up to the critically acclaimed movie "You Can Count on Me" in New York City in September.
The feature, titled "Margaret," will star Lonergan's wife, actress J. Smith Cameron, and Matthew Broderick in a small role.