Damon and Ledger may play ''Brothers Grimm.'' The two fairy-tale spinners would fight real black magic in Terry Gilliam's movie

By Gary Susman
Updated February 20, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Do Matt Damon and Heath Ledger seem like fairy-tale heroes to you? They do to fantasy director Terry Gilliam, who wants to cast them in MGM’s ”The Brothers Grimm,” according to trade reports. Damon’s ”Good Will Hunting” costar Robin Williams and Gilliam regular Jonathan Pryce (”Brazil,” ”The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”) are in talks to play the villains in the movie, which would shoot in Prague in June.

Damon and Ledger would play renowned tale-spinners Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm — known in the movie as Jake and Will — as a pair of conmen who travel from town to town telling scary stories and performing fake exorcisms. But they come upon some real black magic that requires them to become real heroes. The script by Ehren Kruger (who adapted ”The Ring”) has been in development for two years at MGM, and the greenlight is contingent upon Damon’s signing on, Variety reports.