Ridley Scott is set to direct a 14th century-set revenge feature, “The Last Duel,” starring Academy Award-winning actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Not since “Good Will Hunting” has the pair teamed up both behind and on screen. The Gus Van Sant film won the Academy Awards for Damon and Affleck’s screenplay and Robin Williams’ supporting role. The duo, now with Scott, is developing the film, based on the novel by Eric Jager. In an exclusive reported by Deadline, the film’s synopsis is a rather brutal storyline for a Fox script now under the Disney banner.
The synopsis scoop from Deadline:
It’s a revenge story of two best friends. Damon and Affleck will play them. The main characters are the Norman knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris. They were friends. One goes to war and returns to accuse Le Gris of raping his wife Margerite de Carrouges. No one will believe the woman, and the soldier appeals to the king of France to undo a decision handed down by Count Pierre d’Anencon, which favored Le Gris. The decision handed down is that the two men fight a duel to the death. The one left alive would be declared the winner as a sign of God’s will. And if Jean de Carrouges loses, his wife will be burned at the stake for punishment for her false accusation.
Damon is reportedly still working on the script, along with Oscar-nominated writer and director Nicole Holofcener. Scott is a director widely known for films like “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” and “Prometheus.” He rejoins Damon, who starred in his 2015 space adventure “The Martian.” Deadline also reports other major studios are waiting in line to pick up the project, should Disney step away. Scott and Kevin Walsh are producing for Scott Free and Damon and Affleck are producing under their Pearl Street banner.