Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Are Joining Forces 2 Decades After Good Will Hunting

They will star and co-write the movie

By Alyssa Morin Jul 23, 2019 2:32 AMTags
Ben Affleck, Matt DamonEric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images

This dynamic duo is back!

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are hitting the big screen together again. Deadline reports the two are bringing their star power and writing chops for Ridley Scott's latest movie, The Last Duel.

With Scott set to direct the 14th century drama, both Damon and Affleck are co-writing the script with Nicole Holofcener (who co-wrote the 2019 Oscar-nominated film Can You Ever Forgive Me?).

The Last Duel marks the first time in over two decades that the pair is co-writing a movie. Fans might recall that the dynamic duo famously penned the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting, which released in 1997. It won Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Robin Williams.

However, The Last Duel is completely different from Good Will Hunting. Scott's film is a revenge story between two best friends—the knight Jean de Carrouges (played by Ben) and the squire Jacques Le Gris (played by Matt)—and it's based on Eric Jager's novel.

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According to Deadline, the plot centers around the two characters, who were once friends. That is, until Jean accuses Jacques of raping his wife.

"One goes to war and returns to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife Margerite de Carrouges. No one will believe the woman, and the soldier appeals to the king of France to undo a decision handed down by Count Pierre d'Anencon, which favored Le Gris," the publication explains of the plot.

"The decision handed down is that the two men fight a duel to the death. The one left alive would be declared the winner as a sign of God's will. And if Jean de Carrouges loses, his wife will be burned at the stake for punishment for her false accusation."

If this announcement isn't exciting enough, both Affleck and Damon will hit the big screen in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob project. They'll reprise their roles as Holden and Loki from Smith's previous films, Chasing Amy and Dogma, respectively. It's slated to release on Oct. 15, 2019.