Eastwood and Damon Pair Up Again for Hereafter

November 10, 2009

Director Clint Eastwood and actor Matt Damon seem to get along well with each other. They already worked together for the upcoming Invictus, and they're at it again for Eastwood's new film Hereafter. This one will have less rugby in it and a lot more death.

Variety gives us a few details about the project:

Belgian actress Cecile de France has signed to star opposite Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood's supernatural drama Hereafter for Warner Bros.

Hereafter, penned by Peter Morgan, tells the story of three people who are touched by death in different ways. De France, whose credits include High Tension and Russian Dolls, will portray a French journalist who has a near-death experience.

The 79 year-old Eastwood has got to be the most prolific director in town, knocking out up to two movies a year. It seems as if the older he gets the faster he works, the more unstoppable he becomes. One has to wonder whether he's become immortal and hasn't told anyone.

Apparently Damon't character is going to have the ability to see and talk to dead people, a kind of grown up version of Haley Joel Osmond's character from The Sixth Sense. However, he's a humble factory worker and isn't terribly interested in using his gifts. Weird -- he doesn't enjoy communing with the dead? Now that's what I call a party pooper.

This supernatural vibe is a relatively new thing for Eastwood, who typically sticks to stories with a gritty reality to them. If anyone is up to changing gears successfully it's Eastwood.

Another interesting aspect of this concept is that it doesn't smack of Oscar worthiness. It seems like more often than not someone from his films gets nominated for or actually wins an Oscar for their performance. But you never know what Eastwood has up his sleeve. For all we know he'll get tapped for best director.


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