I am calling out Veronica and all Buzz out loud listeners who scoff at the idea as Matt Damon as a young James T. Kirk in a Star Trek prequel. I am running a week behind on my podcast listening due to travel so my apologies for not calling you all out sooner.
After the films release I predict good reviews and strong box office from the film should Damon take/land the role. Matt Damon has delivered strong performances in films such as "The talented Mr. Ripley", "The Borne Identity", "Rounders", The Departed", "Good Will Hunting" & "Syriana". While I have not yet seen "The Good Shepard" I have also heard he had a strong performance. To quote Stephen Hunter from the Washington Post "Matt Damon cares so much" he can pull a mediocre Hollywood action film up into cinema respectability.
Matt Damon support for Project Greenlight, sadly unsuccessful in my opinion, with others was truly in the interest of promoting independent film and discovering new talent.
Finally, the prequel has ascended to the preeminent strategy in Hollywood to squeeze any last drop out of a franchise. The recent success of "Batman Begins" and "Casino Royale" show box office success and warm critical reviews are possible. In fact a 'jumpstart' of a franchise to change a failing/campy formula may breath new life into a franchise.
I look forward to following up on this thread in 2008 after the opening weekend of the film.
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