Matt Damon may star in The Great Wall

THE GREAT WALL has been in the works for a while.  It got really, really close to being made when Ed Zwick was directing and Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker were starring.  But for whatever reasons, that iteration didn’t get made and now the film is picking up steam again when famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou signed on to direct.  Now, the film has caught the eye of Matt Damon, who wants to work with the director and is a fan of the script, but it’s unclear when he would find time for it.  He’s filming MARTIAN now with Ridley Scott and then has that Bourne movie that was just announced, so if Yimou wants to make this quickly, Damon might not get his chance.

We don’t know much about the film, other than it revolves around the mysteries of The Great Wall of China and all of the secrets surrounding its structure.  Given they’re looking at guys like Henry Cavill and Matt Damon, I have to assume it’s set in present day and is more of a National Treasure type film than a historical drama.  But this is a long way from seeing the light of day, but with Damon involved, if he wants it to be so, it will be so. (Deadline)

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