The Trade has a lot going for it. The film promises to reunite Ben Affleck and Matt Damon on screen for the first time in over a decade. It’s been suggested that The Trade could be Damon’s directorial debut. And then there’s the premise, based on the true story of former Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson, who traded wives in 1972. Sounds like a movie to me!
The filmmakers are reportedly considering Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, and Rebecca Hall for the film. The roles in question aren’t specified, but there are obviously two distinct female leads in this picture to lure actresses of this caliber. However, this casting is dependent on The Trade going into production; if Kekich gets his way, his life story will not be a movie. Details after the break.
While promoting his latest film, The Town, Ben Affleck updated on the progress of The Trade, which tells the story of Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekrich, who shocked fans in 1973 with the revelation that they would trade wives. It was suggested that Affleck was attached to direct, and perhaps star as one of the pitchers opposite Matt Damon. The configuration of filmmakers may not be so simple.
Affleck shared that he is currently working on the next draft of the script with brother Casey Affleck, whose only prior screenwriting credit is the 2002 Gus Van Sant film Gerry, in which he starred opposite Damon. The elder Affleck has cemented his chops behind the camera with Gone Baby Gone and The Town, and seems the most natural choice for the director’s chair. Casey Affleck recently made his directorial debut with the Joaquin Phoenix hoaxumentary I’m Still Here, which ups his odds for the gig. But when all is said and done, The Trade may end up being the first of a long line of quality films brought to you by Matt Damon: Director. Hit the jump for Affleck’s precise comments on the matter (including video).
Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has picked up The Trade, which is based on the true story of two Yankees pitchers in the swinging 1970s who caused a national scandal when it was discovered that they had swapped wives. Ben Affleck is attached to direct and possibly star in the film as one of the pitchers with Matt Damon eyeing the role of the other Yankee player/playa. The project has taken off in part because of Dave Mandel’s (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) script which landed on last year’s Black List (list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood) and is said to “have the feel of a Hal Ashby movie.”
For more details about the scandal and Affleck and Damon’s history with the project, hit the jump.