“The Last Duel” star Matt Damon explained how he managed to get Ridley Scott on board to direct the period drama. During the press conference, he explained that “from the moment I saw the cover of the book, ‘The Last Duel,'” he instantly thought of Scott’s first movie, 1977’s “The Duellists.” The timing was somewhat fated, as Damon had “been looking for something because we did ‘The Martian’ together six or seven years ago, and I just had the best time working with him.”
He also added that the pace at which Scott makes a movie was also enticing to a degree. Damon shared at the presser conference that, “The four cameras at a time, the amount of momentum that you get, it’s just all the energy is around, right on the floor. […] It’s just all happening, and it’s really exciting. I just love that.”
Damon then recalled, “So, I originally gave [Scott] the book, and he said right away he read it and wanted to do it,” and then revealed the next step was finding a writer. He went on to say, “I told Ben [Affleck] — I was having dinner with Ben — and I told him the idea, and he was like, ‘Well, why don’t we write it?’ And I was like, ‘What? You want to write that?’ and he was like, ‘Sure.’ So, it just kind of happened kind of really organically, and it happened really quickly.” The “Good Will Hunting” team got up and running, and then, per Damon, the duo “begged Nicole [Holofcener] to come join, and she did, and that was it. We were kind of off to the races.”
“The Last Duel” debuts in theaters on October 15.