He won an oscar for “Good Will Hunting,” but Matt Damon‘s next movie role may be his most important yet: he’s set to appear in a documentary about climate change.
The actor has long supported charitable and environmental causes; he founded Water.org, which helps provide clean water to impoverished areas, and along with some of his “Ocean’s 11″ co-stars, co-founded Not On Our Watch, an organization devoted to the prevention of mass atrocities.
Now he’s bringing environmental awareness to the masses.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the environmental documentary will be an eight-part series focusing on the human element of climate change. It’s being developed by James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub and is slated to appear on Showtime, but no air date has been released at this time.
Although the project is in the early stages, THR has confirmed that the film is set to be produced by “60 Minutes” veterans David Gelber and Joel Bach.
It looks as though Damon’s passion for improving the world has begun to influence his roles, because this won’t be his first activism-themed film. He’ll also be hitting screens in December in the fracking film “Promised Land,” which he co-wrote with “The Office” star John Krasinski.
It’s great to see an actor of his caliber bringing awareness to such important issues. Here’s hoping he continues to use his celebrity status to improve the planet!