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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Collaborate On Netflix Crime Thriller ‘Animals’

More details have been released about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s upcoming project, "Animals."

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It has just been announced that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will be working together on another project. The thriller will be called Animals, and Affleck and Damon will contribute differently to the project. Damon will star in Animals, while Affleck will direct the project. Brad Weston and Collin Creighton will produce Animals alongside Michael Joe and Kevin Halloran, who are executive producers. 

Their roles will differ slightly from their last collaboration, the 2023 film Air. Air is a biographical sports drama film starring Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, and Chris Messina, in addition to Damon and Affleck. Unlike Animals, Affleck stars in the film in addition to directing it. He plays the character Phil Knight. The film’s plot centralizes around the origin of Air Jordan and Nike’s goal of pursuing a collaboration with Michael Jordan. Air was released on April 5, 2023, and made a box office total of $90.1 million.

More details have been released about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s upcoming project, "Animals."
Matt Damon as Will Hunting and Ben Affleck as Chuckie Sullivan in Good Will Hunting; Image courtesy of Miramax.

Friends and Filmmakers 

Not only have Affleck and Damon worked together in the past, but they also have a history of being longtime friends. According to Business Insider, the two met in high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and even further bonded over screenwriting the film Good Will Hunting, released in 1997. The psychological drama Good Will Hunting, starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck, was one of the most famous films of its time, grossing over 225 million, winning Best Supporting Actor for Williams, Best Supporting Actor for Affleck, and ranked #53 in the list “100 Favorite Films” from The Hollywood Reporter. The filmmaker friends then worked on several projects together as the years passed, including HBO’s 2001 reality show Project Greenlight, Kevin Smith’s projects, Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel. The Last Duel featured many other famous faces, such as Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Alex Lawther. 

Stay tuned for the release date and more details about Animals.

More details have been released about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s upcoming project, Animals. From left to right: Cole Hauser, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting, 1997.
From left to right: Cole Hauser, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting, 1997. BY GEORGE KRAYCHUK/MIRAMAX/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK.

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