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Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter Takes on Death, Adds High Tension Star

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Clint Eastwood is less than a month from releasing his next film, Invictus, which stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman in a story about Nelson Mandela and the South African rugby team. But as we found out last year when Eastwood unleashed Changeling and Gran Torino, he’s not satisfied with just one movie per year. He has also begun working on his next film, Hereafter.

This new project will also star Matt Damon and will take on the subject of death, and how it affects different people in different ways. According to a report last night from Variety, it will also now star High Tension heroine Cecile de France. As for the exact story, I will leave that to a report from The Guardian:

The film tells three parallel stories that eventually intersect – about a French TV journalist, played by Cecile de France, who suffers a near-death experience during the Asian tsunami of 2004; a drug-addicted English single mother, played by Lyndsey Marshal, who loses one of her twin 10-year-old sons in a car accident; and [Matt] Damon’s character, who can talk to the dead but prefers not to. De France and Marshal contact Damon in a desperate quest for answers and consolation.

An interesting enough story, sure. Matt Damon will play the reluctant psychic (is there any other kind) who will communicate with the mysterious beyond. That’s a new role for him, as I’m sure it will not involve a terrible South African accent or spy gear. What’s more interesting here is that the script is from Peter Morgan, who penned The Queen and Frost/Nixon. That’s worth noting, given Morgan’s propensity for writing quality films.

Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy are producing the pic, which is currently shooting in Paris, London, Hawaii and San Francisco. Release will be sometime in 2010.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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