Star-Studded “Promised Land” Gets Underway

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Director Gus Van Sant

A new film with a great deal of star power both behind and in front of the camera began filming this week. Focus Features announced that Promised Land, which was written by and stars the unlikely duo of John Krasinski and Matt Damon and based on a story by Dave Eggers, began filming this week in Pennsylvania.

Gus Van Sant, who directed “Good Will Hunting” from the Oscar-winning script by Damon (and Ben Affleck), is the director, and “Good Will Hunting”/”Project Greenlight” veteran Chris Moore is a co-producer along with Damon and Krasinski. The film, in addition to the cowriters, stars Hal Holbrook, Rosemarie DeWitt, Titus Welliver and Frances McDormand.

Damon plays a salesman who arrives in a rural, recession-crushed town, seeking drilling rights. Krasinski leads a grassroots campaign against the effort. The film’s plot has been reported to touch on the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking. 

The film is scheduled to arrive next winter.


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