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Jay Roach To Direct Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Yankees Wife Swap Drama 'The Trade'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 5:50 PM
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"The Trade" has been one of the more intriguing projects on the pile for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Brewing for years, and at one point threatened with a lawsuit, the project would've reteamed Affleck and Damon on the big screen, with Casey Affleck also involved as a co-writer on the script, working his brother to punch up the 2009 Black List draft by Dave Mandel. And it looks like the film is once again moving, however, with some major changes.

Ben Affleck’s Whitey Bulger Film Gets Rewrite, Casey Affleck Says Wife-Swap Tale ‘The Trade’ Will Be Like 'Slap Shot'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 6, 2013 10:41 AM
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The Affleck brothers are presently carving out freedom within the film world in their own unique ways—Ben Affleck as the successful actor-turned-director and now heir to the Batman throne, and Casey Affleck as the quietly transgressive player in the independent scene with “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “I’m Still Here." They each have a number of projects on their plate, with Ben handling Bat-duties alongside a number of acting and directing gigs and Casey involved with Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” and David Lowery’s sci-fi “To Be Two.” But now we have word on two collaborations: one between brothers, and one between Ben and actor Matt Damon.

Former Wife Swapping Yankee Mike Kekich Looks To Block 'The Trade' With Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 3:40 AM
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Rebecca Hall, Rachel Weisz & Naomi Watts Wishlist Candidates For Female Lead RolesRanked #35 on the Black List in 2009, Dave Mandel's script for the true story tale "The Trade" has been in the works for a while and was first announced as a starring vehicle for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon last winter. The story is based on real-life players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who in 1973 revealed that they had been swapping wives and fell for each other's partners. Peterson and Kekich's ex-wife are still together today, while the other couple has since split up with Kekich later remarrying. Affleck would play the role of Peterson with Matt Damon playing Kekich. Last fall, the project heated up again as the brothers Affleck, Ben and Casey, would be rewriting the script, however, it seems the film could be in for a bumpy ride.

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