The first movie since 1997’s Good Will, Hunting, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon.
Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.
Wow! Has Matt Damon gotten fat – and old looking.
Don’t let all of the other websites, with fraudulent release date information, fool you, (yes, including IMDB). Promised Land arrives in NYC and LA theaters December 28, 2012 to qualify for the 2013 Oscars.