Oscar winners Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are reportedly teaming up on The Last Duel, a 14th century period piece with a focus on rape.
The film, titled The Last Duel, is based on Eric Jager’s 2004 novel, The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France. Per Deadline, the novel is being adapted into a screenplay by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Nicole Holofcener. Filmmaker Ridley Scott is looking to make this the next project that he directs per reports.
This project would also mark the Damon and Affleck’s first script together since winning the Oscar for Good Will Hunting. While there isn’t anything wrong for the two of them wanting to collaborate together, where I–and many others–have issues are the film’s plot. This film may certainly be based on a true story but is it something that anyone wants to see right now?
Here’s an excerpt of the book per Amazon:
When Jean de Carrouges, a Norman knight, returns from combat in Scotland to find his wife, Marguerite, accusing Jacques LeGris, her husband’s old friend and fellow courtier, of brutally raping her, the knight takes his cause before the teenage King Charles VI. Amid LeGris’s vociferous claims of innocence and doubts about the now pregnant Marguerite’s charges (and about the paternity of her child), the deadlocked court decrees a “trial by combat” that leaves her fate, too, in the balance. For if her husband and champion loses the duel, she will be put to death as a false accuser.
Everything in the book happens in 1386 during the Hundred Years War between France and England. But again, the problem here is yet another film that focuses on using rape as a plot device. Honestly, this is a subject matter that is serious but it’s not something that anybody is crying out loud to see on the big screen. Still, given the content at hand, is this really something that Matt Damon wants to be involved in considering his previous #MeToo comments?
Both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will next be seen in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.