Okay, so it doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "I'm f**king Matt Damon!" but, really, what does?
That Matt Damon has had a heckuva year. He lost a wife to a horrible virus that caused victims to seize up and foam at the mouth ("Contagion"), he bought a zoo (uh, "We Bought a Zoo"), he talked a lot of trash about the Bourne franchise in GQ, and his long-awaited film "Margaret" caused a stir among fans and critics who fought the studio for a wider release.
Now Damon has revealed his first casting pick for his directorial debut, and it's a goodie. Frances McDormand, who won an Oscar for performance as a pregnant crime-solving cop in "Fargo," is the first official cast member in the currently unnamed project.
McDormand's pedigree is as impressive and interesting as Damon's; she's a regular in the Coen brothers' movies (she married Joel after her turn in "Blood Simple") and has worked with a wide range of directors, from Robert Altman to Michael Bay.
According to Collider, McDormand will costar with Damon and co-writer John Krasinski. It's currently unclear what role she'll play in this story about a traveling salesman who has a life-changing experience in a small town, but whatever character she ends up with, it's sure to be a doozy. McDormand can do kooky ("Burn After Reading"), serious ("North Country"), period pieces ("Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day"), or big budget action "(Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon"). She's always a welcome addition to any cast, and this casting news is a sign that Damon isn't messing around when it comes to his first film.