Matt Damon will star in Soderbergh thriller. He'll play a real-life corporate whistleblower in ''The Informant''

By Gary Susman
Updated January 29, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Credit: Matt Damon: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
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Time magazine named three real-life whistleblowers its People of the Year last month, so maybe moviegoers are ready for a drama about a real-life whistleblower. Variety reports that Matt Damon is reuniting with ”Ocean’s Eleven” director Steven Soderbergh to tell such a story, an adaptation of New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald’s book ”The Informer,” about a corporate giant brought to justice by one of its employees.

Damon would play Mark Whitacre, who worked for agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland, and who leaked details of a price-fixing scam that ultimately resulted in a $100 million fine for the company. It’s not clear when the Warner Bros. movie would shoot; Soderbergh’s next project for the studio is ”Ocean’s Twelve,” an ”Ocean’s Eleven” sequel that would star George Clooney and some of the other actors from the first film, possibly including Damon.

The Informant!

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  • 108 minutes
  • Steven Soderbergh