Jeff Daniels has always been an actor who goes by the beat of his own drum. He likes to drift between genres, and with so much success behind him, he really doesn’t feel the need to take a new job just for the sake of work. He celebrates sports, travels around in an RV, and performs gigs with his son and their band.
With all of this in mind, you have to think that the man behind “The Newsroom’s” Will McAvoy is not going to take on a new role unless he is particularly interested in bringing it to life, and that is precisely the case that we have here.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor may be lining up his first high-profile project since wrapping the HBO show in “The Martian,” a Ridley Scott movie that has already assembled a high-profile cast including Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, and Matt Damon. Damon is currently the only one who is technically confirmed for the movie as of this writing.
So when it comes to who Daniels would play on the project, he would be the director of NASA, who is caught in a difficult position when an astronaut (Damon) is caught in a Martian colony has may or may not be able to survive.
Hopefully, this movie will find a way to wipe the memory of Disney’s “John Carter” from our brain altogether. We actually liked the project more than the box office did, but we’re not going to sit here and try to figure out what in the world happened there.
For now, are you at least happy to see that Daniels has come on board this, and he’ll have more great work following “The Newsroom”? Share some of your thoughts right now with a comment, and be sure to head over here to see the latest behind-the-scenes video from the HBO show.
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