Matt Damon will star in a new anti-fracking movie set to begin filming in Pittsburgh later this month.
According to a Politico story, Damon has agreed to star in the film Promised Land, which he co-wrote with John Krasinski, who plays Jim in NBC’s The Office.
The film is based around the controversial issue of hydraulic fracturing, a process where sand, water and chemicals are injected underground to release trapped oil and gas. The plot of the film, however, is a bit of a mystery.
According to IMDB, the film is about “a salesman experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town.”
The Good Will Hunting star and Krasinski won’t be the only big names in the film.
Mad Men actress Rosemarie DeWitt and Fargo actress Frances McDormand are also slated to appear in the film. Gus Van Sant, who directed Good Will Hunting and Milk, has signed on to direct the movie, according to IMDB.
Promised Land comes nearly two years after fracking made its debut on the silver screen in the documentary Gasland, which is slated to have a sequel sometime this year.
Gasland received an Oscar nomination for best documentary, but it became best known for a scene in which a Colorado man lit his tap water on fire. Industry officials harshly criticized the film, claiming it was inaccurate and misleading.
Film maker Ann McElhinney has been working on a new movie FrackNation in response to Gasland. The film was funded through KickStarter, a fundraising site, is slated to be done before the November election.
McElhinney said she hopes to visit the Bakken shale later this year and share the true story about hydraulic fracturing with the general public. However, she wrote Promised Land movie might be another movie that sways the public’s opinion on fracking.
“We want to make FrackNation because we want the truth about fracking to be told,” she wrote earlier this week. “But it will not be easy getting the message out with a sequel to Gasland in the works and now a big budget Hollywood movie concentrating on scare stories rather than true stories. Now, we recognize Hollywood movies don’t have to be truthful – they just have to be entertaining, but it’s likely that PROMISED LAND will increase unfounded concerns about fracking.”