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Trailer Watch: Damon Stars in Invictus and Green Zone

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 28, 2009 at 5:28AM

It is more likely that Matt Damon will score an Oscar nom for Clint Eastwood's Invictus, which slices into Nelson Mandela's 1995 pursuit of the rugby World Cup to unify South Africa, than Steven Soderbergh's offbeat The Informant! which has already faded from the scene. Damon plays the captain of the South African rugby team, Francois Pienaar, and Morgan Freeman inhabits Mandela. Invictus opens December 11.
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It is more likely that Matt Damon will score an Oscar nom for Clint Eastwood's Invictus, which slices into Nelson Mandela's 1995 pursuit of the rugby World Cup to unify South Africa, than Steven Soderbergh's offbeat The Informant! which has already faded from the scene. Damon plays the captain of the South African rugby team, Francois Pienaar, and Morgan Freeman inhabits Mandela. Invictus opens December 11.

Check out the Apple trailer and the Green Zone trailer on the jump.

For Damon's next vehicle, the R-rated war thriller Green Zone, he rejoins his Bourne director Paul Greengrass. Set in the early days of the Iraq War, this movie looks great (and cost a fortune) but feels slightly out-of-date. Clearly this picture carries the political overtones that grunts-eye-view The Hurt Locker went out of its way to avoid. The movie, which was pushed back from its original 2009 release, opens March 12.


This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Headliners, Video, Oscars, Clint Eastwood, Paul Greengrass, Thriller, Biopics, Matt Damon, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.