It’s only been a few months since the theatrical release of Gone Girl, but as we learned yesterday, director David Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn, and star Ben Affleck are all very much itching to get back to work together. It’s been revealed that the trio are now reteaming for a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train, with Affleck set to play the movie’s protagonist. The big question that remains, however, is who will play opposite him as the film’s murder-trading villain.

Reported to be titled simply Strangers, sources have said that elements of the original story are set to be changed in a significant way in the new film – including the fact that the setting will be modern day and that a private plane will be taking the place of a train. That being said, the relationship between the two lead characters is still expected to be the central focus of the narrative, and to play against Ben Affleck as the hero the project will need a high-caliber talent. We still don’t know who the ultimate choice would be, but we do have a few suggestions…

Matt Damon
Matt Damon
There used to be a time when Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were seen as an inseparable pair, both starring in movies and winning Academy Awards together. However, it’s been about 16 years since the two men had significant roles in the same movie, last seen starring together playing the angels Bartleby and Loki in Kevin Smith’s 1999 religious comedy Dogma. David Fincher’s Strangers on a Train is a perfect opportunity to end that streak. One might argue that the reunion could possibly be a bit too much of a distraction, but the project would provide the two actors with a fantastic dynamic, and give Damon a chance to go really crazy for the first time since The Talented Mr. Ripley. Affleck and Damon have proven in the past that they can be a terrific on-screen duo, and this project may be ideal to get them back together.

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