Matt Damon Eyes ‘The King of Oil’ for Universal

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Actor and producer Matt Damon is looking to hop on board his next prestige role. The actor has long looked for the elusive acting Oscar, and teaming up with his friend John Krasinski may help him get there. According to Deadline, both of the Hollywood figures are circling “The King of Oil,” based on the book about Marc Rich. Krasinski will be producing the film, and Damon is in early discussions for the role of Rich.

Marc Rich is often seen as a controversial individual for several issues. First, he was instrumental in many oil deals in the 1970s that allowed him to become a billionaire. Rich actively engaged in trade talks with South Africa (during apartheid), Russia during the days of the USSR, and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini. Rich was eventually arrested and charged with 65 counts of tax evasion, only to be pardoned by President Bill Clinton on his last day in office. The story feels cinematic and could easily become a prestige vehicle.

While Deadline mentions that Krasinski is hot off the success of “A Quiet Place,” it seems premature to assume that he will direct it. However, they do not rule out the possibility. It would make a lot of sense for Krasinski to parlay his success into his next picture. Considering Sunday Night Productions is making the film, it is definitely in his interest. The novel will be adapted by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (“Race“).

What do you think of “The King of Oil?” Do you believe that Matt Damon should take the role? Which directors would you like to take the role? Let us know in the comments below! 

Universal will distribute “The King of Oil,” but no release date has been set yet. The film is still in early stages of preproduction.