Posted on 07/25/2019 at 02:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Several big names in Hollywood are said to be adapting Eric Jager’s novel The Last Duel for the big screen.

The Last Duel is based on the true story of a fourteenth-century French duel, which pitted former friends against one another as a means to determine whether one had truly raped the other man’s wife.

The 2004 novel was an American Booksellers Association Book Sense Pick and landed on the shortlist for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.

Deadline reported over the weekend that Ridley Scott would direct the film and that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck would star in it.

The actors’ production company wouldn’t confirm Entertainment Weekly’s request for comment, though Damon was also photographed carrying a copy of the novel out of Affleck’s house over the weekend.

The excitement over these rumors isn’t universal, or at least universally positive — Boston Magazine shares criticism of the project, from sources ranging from Twitter users to other Hollywood stars.

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