We have added 10 photos from Focus Features upcoming comedy Promised Land starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, from a script by the two performers. Based on a story idea by Dave Eggers and helmed by director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), the film sees Damon as Steve Butler, a master salesman who works for a corporate energy company. When Butler is sent to a small farming town to convince the farmers into signing their land away for Natural Gas drilling, he finds a couple of obstacles: a stiff-necked advocate (Krasinski) and a charming schoolteacher (Rosemaire DeWitt). Additional cast include Hal Holbrook, Titus Welliver, Scoot McNairy. Promised Land hits theaters on December 28th, 2012, qualifying it for Oscar season. Here’s the synopsis for the film
Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company’s expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.