It’s taken a few years to get off the ground, but the latest long-awaited project, The Great Wall, finally found a new director back in March with Going Home and Hero helmer Zhang Yimou left since The Last Samurai director Edward Zwick’s departure. This month now following previous casting efforts, the project is looking to bring Matt Damon on board, according to Deadline.
Damon, recently confirmed to return to the fray as Jason Bourne for a new film with Paul Greengrass, may star in an epic story set in 15th century China about British warriors who come across the titular wall during its construction in lieu of a threat greater than the Mongols. The actor is among those in an accumulating list that tentatively casts Henry Cavill (Man Of Steel), Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster).
Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro are producing the script for Legendary East, a division of Legendary Pictures, in conjunction with China Film Company. Max Brooks conceived the story with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull who is producing with Chuck Roven, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner, and Peter Loehr and Jillian Share who are executive producing.
Tull’s Legendary Pictures is also behind the releases of Crimson Peak (October 16, 2015), Seventh Son (February 6, 2015), and Jurassic World (June 12, 2015), and the forthcoming productions of Godzilla 2 and Pacific Rim 2.
Stay tuned for more info!