Matt Damon And Ben Affleck In Wife Swap Scandal
It looks like long time collaborators Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will be starring together as two wife-swapping baseball players in The Trade, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Apparently it’s a film they’ve been trying to get off the ground for some time – the story of two New York Yankees players Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich who, in 1973, announced that the were doing some friendly spouse-switching. They’d fallen for each other’s partners and instead of resorting to scuffles in the car park, simply traded. If only top trumps was that easy.
Dave Mandel (the writer of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm) is writing the script after long delays because they couldn’t secure the rights to the life story and Mandel suddenly became a name in demand and said that he could only work on the script if he did it in his spare time.
Richard Linklater has expressed interest in directing the film but it now seems that Affleck wants to be behind the camera and also star as Peterson, while Damon might return as Kekich. Frankly, it’s probably better if Affleck stays behind the camera – Gone Baby Gone was actually really good, but his acting screen crimes are legion (Pearl Harbor, Gigli, Daredevil).
Matt Damon seems to be accumulating roles playing real life sportsmen although a wife-swapping Yankee player is bit of a leap from the South African Rugby World Cup Captain, Francois Pienaar that he played in Invictus. Take me out to the ball game indeed.