Looks like Matt Damon will be very busy for the next couple of years.
The actor has recently signed on to play a character going through bad times, who decides to shrink himself in hopes that his smaller size will make his life better. The film is called Downsizing. It will be directed and written by Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways, Election).
The social satire is currently in development. Joining Payne in writing the screenplay is Jim Taylor, who worked with the auteur on Sideways. Payne's production company, Ad Hominem Enterprises, will produce.
Damon is also set to star in Ridley Scott's upcoming science fiction movie The Martian about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and struggles to survive. Also starring in The Martian are Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Kristen Wiig.
In September, it was revealed that Damon would take another turn, his fourth, as Jason Bourne. Universal also signed director Paul Greengrass to the project, who worked with Damon on The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy. The action film should be ready for release in July 2016.
In what may be Bourne-overload at the box office next summer, Jeremy Renner's spinoff sequel The Bourne Betrayal, is also slated for a July 2016 release. Can Universal pull off two Bourne movies in one month?
If you want to see Matt Damon on the big screen this weekend, he has a small role in Christopher Nolan's epic science fiction movie Interstellar. The film is making its debut at the box office today. The tagline, "A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage." The movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain.