The trailer for Matt Damon’s new movie 'Stillwater' has been released

Emeh Joy
The release of Matt Damon's new movie, "Stillwater"; soon to hit the cinemas on July 31

The trailer for Matt Damon’s new project 'Stillwater' has dropped! The movie, written and directed by Tom McCarthy, is a crime drama also starring Abigail Breslin and Camille Cottin.

Matt Damon plays the lead role of Bill Baker, an oil worker based in the town of Stillwater in Oklahoma. Baker discovers that his estranged daughter Alison, played by Abigail Breslin, has been arrested. While studying overseas for a year on the south coast of France, Alison was falsely charged with the murder of her girlfriend, Lina.

In years gone by, movies featuring fathers attempting to save their offspring from trouble overseas would adopt a style akin to Liam Neeson’s Taken, with explosive scenes and combat.

However, there is a sense that Stillwater offers something rather more realistic. Damon’s character Bill Baker is a rough-and-ready sort who takes it upon himself to focus his life on freeing his daughter.

Director Tom McCarthy was recently interviewed about Stillwater’s upcoming release. McCarthy shed some light on the research for the plot and Damon’s lead character.

McCarthy confirmed that he and Damon visited Oklahoma in the early stages to “get a taste of the place” as well as the “people”.

The pair even spent “time with roughnecks” to try and get into the psyche of this demographic. McCarthy admits their discussions with the region’s roughnecks proved “instrumental” in shaping the overall storyline.

McCarthy describes Stillwater as a “character-driven” movie and one which is “very intimate”. That intimacy and intensity were always going to be the perfect platform for Matt Damon to shine.

He is someone that has long been able to assume complex characters and engage viewers. Ridley Scott’s The Martian is a perfect case in point, with his character the only one in the entire movie. That performance bagged him his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Matt Damon’s finest individual performances in his career to date

The starting point for Matt Damon came in 1997 when he co-wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting alongside Ben Affleck. It was a movie that would scoop Damon and Affleck awards from the Golden Globe and Academy for Best Screenplay.

Damon’s performances in Saving Private Ryan and Rounders in 1998 then catapulted him into the next level of Hollywood actors ahead of the new millennium. In Rounders, Damon played a guy named Mike McDermott.

He would regularly visit poker rooms and play ring games against acquaintances and strangers. Ring games have long been the classic form of Texas Hold’em poker and their inclusion in this movie helped drive the post-millennium poker “boom”.

They are also known as ‘cash games’ and remain one of the most popular forms of free online poker today, along with multi-table tournaments.

The 50-year-old’s starring roles in the Bourne movie franchise as Jason Bourne cemented his name in Hollywood, successfully maintaining viewer interest in the franchise over a 14-year period.

There is still a chance that Jason Bourne and Damon will return to the big screen. In 2019, the franchise’s producer, Ben Smith, intimated that a new film is in development and would be closely aligned to the Treadstone TV series inspired by the “world of Jason Bourne”.

Damon’s appearances in the Ocean’s trilogy also moved him into new realms, working alongside Brad Pitt and George Clooney who were well-established Hollywood icons at the time of Steven Soderbergh’s films.

Damon played a talented con-man named Linus Caldwell, the son of Bobby, a Chicago-based con artist. His dry sense of humour often worked brilliantly in these classic heist plots.

We’ve already touched upon Damon’s role in The Martian, but it’s important to re-emphasize the success of this 2015 movie, earning him a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor. Damon is set to team up with The Martian director Ridley Scott again later this year for The Last Duel.

It will also be the first time Damon has worked alongside Ben Affleck since Good Will Hunting, with their careers are going full circle now as well-established Hollywood A-listers. Affleck was the fourth highest-paid actor in 2020, raking in $55m last year.