Matt Damon to Star in New Movie Manchester-by-the-Sea
Unless you count the time he played a nasty version of himself on House of Lies, Matt Damon hasn’t portrayed a wholly Bostonian since 2006, when he played a dirty cop in The Departed. Since then, it’s been all We Bought a Zoo, Clooney collabs, Behind the Candelabra, and—let us never forget—Carol, Liz Lemon’s beau on 30 Rock.
This past weekend, however, news arrived that Damon will team up once again with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan on a project titled Manchester-by-the-Sea, in which he’ll once again play a character with Boston roots.
Damon and Lonergan previously worked together on the 2011 film Margaret. Lonergan will reportedly direct his own script for Manchester-by-the-Sea, which will be similar to his 2000 drama You Can Count on Me.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Damon will play a Boston-living ne’er-do-well plumber who is forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. (Damon is a Boston native.) There, he finds himself thrust into the care of the man’s 16-year old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.
A plumber, eh?
Well, I guess playing a janitor worked out pretty well.