Matt Damon And Ben Affleck To Produce Race To The South Pole
Peter Glanz, who recently wrote and directed his first feature film The Longest Week, has gotten two big time names to produce his next project and a great star attached as well. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are now both attached to Race to the South Pole as producers and Casey Affleck is set to play one of the lead roles. The project is being set up over at Warner Bros. where Damon and Affleck have their Pearl Street banner set up.
THR says that the film is based on the true story of two explorers who battle each other to become the first people to reach the South Pole (naturally, the story is set in the early 1900s). The race was between Robert Falcon Scott, who was an Englishman, and Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian. The race, according to the trade, "sparked international interest and galvanized the world to see who would reach Earth's southernmost point first."
Casey Affleck will play Scott in the movie. This past summer the Oscar-nominated actor lent his voice to the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, and before that starred in Brett Ratner's Tower Heist. He recently wrapped on both Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace and David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints.
After having roles in five movies that came out last year (The Adjustment Bureau, Contagion, Margaret, Happy Feet Two and We Bought A Zoo), Damon has kept it low key in 2012, with only Gus van Sant's Promised Land due out during the calendar year. As for Ben Affleck, his third directorial effort, Argo, will be in theaters next month and has an incredible amount of buzz coming out of the Toronto International and Telluride Film Festivals. Pearl Street is also currently developing a biopic about infamous Boston gangster Whitey Ford that Affleck will direct and Damon will star in.
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