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Matt Damon's Dramatic 'Promised Land'

by David Weiner 7:00 PM PDT, September 21, 2012
Playing Matt Damon's Dramatic 'Promised Land'

Matt Damon reunites with his Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant for a new drama about the American heartland, and we have a first look at the trailer!

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In theaters December 28, Promised Land casts Matt as Steve Butler, a corporate salesman sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close drilling rights in a key rural town in his company's expansion plans.

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Hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, Butler's generous offer seems too good to be true. But the seemingly slam-dunk deal becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (played by Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another local (played John Krasinski), not to mention some romantic interest in Butler from a local teacher (Rosemarie DeWitt). Will the deal fall through? Or has Butler lost perspective between right and wrong?

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