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Saturday 23 August 2014

Damon to direct Afflecks' film?

Matt Damon

Matt Damon could be in line to direct The Trade, which has been penned by Ben and Casey Affleck.

Ben, who co-wrote, directed and starred in The Town, revealed the brothers are working on the next draft of the script and may bring his best friend into the mix.

"I don't know how it'll come together, acting and directing, but Casey and I have decided to write it together - once the script's kind of ready, then it's like: Who's doing what? Matt, me, Casey directing?" he told MTV.

"Particularly for Matt, he's had this extraordinary career where he's worked with these great directors. He's a great director who just hasn't directed a movie."

Matt has made no secret of his desire to direct a movie, but has said he wants to bide his time.

"[Directing] really is something that I hope I can have in my life. It's the pipe dream of a life, really ... I'm dying to [direct soon]," he told Collider.

"I'm really excited about it. But I keep getting these jobs with these directors and I don't feel like I'm putting off my directing career by going to work with the Coen Brothers. On the contrary, I feel like I'm going to learn so much watching them that I guess I'll put off directing for another year and watch these guys do it."

The Trade is based on New York Yankees baseball players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who fell for each other's wives after they swapped partners in 1973.

Ben is eyeing to play the role of Fritz, with Matt playing Mike.

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