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Scoot McNairy Goes to ‘Promised Land’; Gets ‘Touchy Feely’ With Lynn Shelton and Ellen Page

Written by on April 12, 2012 

The next couple of years should be plenty nice for Scoot McNairy. This fall alone will see the Monsters actor take (what look to be) moderately-sized roles in two promising awards contenders (Ben Affleck‘s Argo and Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly), but Deadline now reports that he’s just grabbed two more features — both of which could also end strongly in their own right.

The first (and biggest) of these would be Promised Land, Gus Van Sant‘s fracking drama that stars and is co-written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski; in it, he’ll play the leader of “a group of farmers that stand up when Damon’s character tries to drill on their land.” Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Hal Holbrook also star.

He’ll then reunite with DeWitt on Touchy Feely, a new drama from Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister) that also stars Ellen Page. Not too much exists on the film right now, though a story from August pegged Shelton for Laggies, a movie that centers on “a woman who, unsure of how to respond to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, pretends to go on a retreat but actually ends up spending a week with her new friends, all of whom are in high school”; this looks like that same project. Seeing as McNairy is said to be the male lead, I’ll take it he’s playing the boyfriend — but that’s just a guess.

It’s also said he’ll produce Frank and Cindy, a drama from GJ Echternkamp, led by Michael Peña & Rene Russo and based on the director’s documentary, which followed his “dysfunctional parents and his relationship with them.” Talk about a nice turn of events for a relative unknown.

Do any of these projects sound interesting to yourself?

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