As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to check-in on our favorite Beantown boys–Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Both leading men have a ton of projects lined up for the coming year, so let’s take a look at what they have in store.
Just a few weeks after the always pouty Kristen Stewart confirmed to the Huffington Post that she would be co-starring with Mr. Affleck in the upcoming Warner Brothers comedy, Focus, the actor-director dropped out of the project, citing scheduling conflicts. Affleck was set to play a con artist that falls for his younger protégé, played by Ms. Stewart. The names of a number of other qualified leading men have already been suggested, including Matt Damon, but there is no official word yet on who will replace him.
The star has also been questioned lately on his political involvement, with rumors bubbling up that a possible senate run is likely in his future. Affleck has downplayed the talk, saying that while he has much respect for the political process, his current plans do not include any campaigning, despite the fact that a special election for the senate will more than likely be held in the Bay State next year if John Kerry is confirmed as the new Secretary of State. Affleck dismissed hopes for a Senator Affleck in a Facebook post he made on his page on Christmas eve. He remains very involved in his Eastern Congo Initiative, the nonprofit he founded in 2010. Affleck testified before the federal House Armed Services Committee earlier this year in regards to ending the war in Congo.
Matt Damon, who recently made an appearance on the “Jay Leno Show,” where he recalled stories when he and Affleck were in college at Harvard and would take the train to New York City for auditions, has a number of movies slated for 2013. Elysium, The Zero Theorem, and Behind the Candelabra, co-starring Michael Douglas, are currently in post-production, and should be released throughout the coming year. He is also rumored to be the next George Clooney directed film, The Monuments Men, which is currently in pre-production. That film will co-star Cat Blanchett, Daniel Craig, George Clooney, and the ever elusive Bill Murray.