Matt Damon & Ben Affleck are Joining Forces for Netflix Thriller “Animals”

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at the
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at the "Live By Night" film premiere in January 2017. Photo by Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock (7759517be)

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are no strangers to collaborating on high-profile projects, and they’re ready to do it again! Damon will play the lead in Affleck’s next film as a director, the Netflix thriller Animals, and they’re coming on board as producers through Artists Equity.

Animals was written for Netflix by Connor McIntyre, while Billy Ray did script revisions. Netflix didn’t reveal much about the plot, but we know it will be a tense thriller, in the vein of Affleck’s previous films The Town and Argo, and it will revolve around a kidnapping.

Damon and Affleck have been friends for decades and they collaborated on several occasions after getting their big break with Good Will Hunting, which won them an Oscar for the best original screenplay. Animals will be the latest film produced through their independent film company Artists Equity, which they launched in 2022.

Animals will mark the second film directed by Affleck starring Damon in the lead role after Air, which cemented their status as one of Hollywood’s best duos.

“It felt really natural because we’ve worked together before. We’ve written together, and we’ve been acting together since 1986… To nobody’s surprise—he’s a brilliant director. He’s just absolutely great, and I can’t wait to do it again,” Damon told Vanity Fair.