Promised Land

(2013)

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Promised Land’ Interviews with Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Promised Land’ Interviews with Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt

Writer/actor Matt Damon reteams with his Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant for the topical drama Promised Land, in theaters this weekend. Damon co-wrote the screenplay with The Office star John Krasinski, who also stars. The story follows a salesman for a natural gas company who experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources. We caught up with director Gus Van Sant, Matt Damon, and John Krasinski, as well as actress Rosemarie DeWitt, for a series of interviews about the movie. Watch our exclusive interviews to learn more about the art of fracking.

Promised Land was released January 11th, 2013.

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EXCLUSIVE: Sara Lindsey Talks ‘Jack Reacher’ and ‘Promised Land’

EXCLUSIVE: Sara Lindsey Talks ‘Jack Reacher’ and ‘Promised Land’

Sara Lindsey is a name that rests just on the tip of the tongue, but not for long, as this burgeoning young actress has two very important roles in two of this year's biggest holiday releases. First up, she will appear this Friday in Jack Reacher, bringing the film to its rousing conclusion alongside Tom Cruise. And then on December 28th, she will appear in Gus Van Sant's drama Promised Land, playing opposite Matt Damon and John Krasinski. A unique and very interesting performer, not to mention incredibly beautiful, we caught up with Sara to find out more about her work as this year in film comes to its close.

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‘Promised Land’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

‘Promised Land’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Focus Features has debuted a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Promised Land, which serves as a reunion between Matt Damon and Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. Matt Damon co-wrote the screenplay with co-star John Krasinski, which centers on a corporate salesman trying to sell a small town on his company's plans for expansion. This video takes us behind the scenes on the Pennsylvania set, including interviews with Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, producer Chris Moore, and even some of the local residents who served as extras.

Promised Land was released January 11th, 2013.

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‘Promised Land’ Photos Invite You to Meet the Characters

‘Promised Land’ Photos Invite You to Meet the Characters

Focus Features is excited to introduce the characters from Promised Land with a new set of seven hi-res photos! Check out Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver & Hal Holbrook from the upcoming Gus Van Sant directed drama opening in select theatres on December 28th, 2012, before opening nationwide January 4th, 2013!

Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant. 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.

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‘Promised Land’ Trailer

‘Promised Land’ Trailer

The first trailer and poster for Gus Van Sant's Promised Land has arrived, featuring a cast led by Matt Damon and John Krasinski.

Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant. 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.

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‘Promised Land’ Begins Production in Pennsylvania

Gus Van Sant, a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Director, is directing Promised Land, a contemporary drama from an original screenplay written by John Krasinski and Matt Damon, based on a story by Dave Eggers. Participant Media is co-financing the movie, for which Focus will hold worldwide rights and commence overseas sales at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. Filming begins this week in Pennsylvania for release next winter. Focus president of production Jeb Brody made the announcement today.

Participant's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) is executive-producing Promised Land with Mr. Van Sant and Ron Schmidt (Bandslam). Mr. Damon and Mr. Krasinski are producing the movie with Chris Moore. Mr. Moore co-produced Good Will Hunting, which brought its stars and co-writers, Mr. Damon and Ben Affleck, the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Mr. Van Sant earned his first Oscar nomination for directing Good Will Hunting; his second came for directing Focus' Milk, which won two Academy Awards. Mr. Krasinski previously starred for Focus in Away We Go, which was co-written by Mr. Eggers. Mr. Damon previously starred for Participant in Contagion.

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‘The Promised Land’ Adds Rosemarie DeWitt

Matt Damon and John Krasinski co-wrote and star as rival corporate executives for director Gus Van Sant.

‘The Promised Land’ Gets Gus Van Sant

The director takes the reigns from Matt Damon, who is starring in the picture as an executive.