Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon in Early Talks to Star in China-Set Movie ‘The Great Wall’

Zhang Yimou is directing the supernatural tale for Legendary Pictures

Last Updated: September 22, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

Emmy winner Bryan Cranston and Oscar winner Matt Damon are in early talks to star in Zhang Yimou’s China-set movie “The Great Wall,” an individual familiar with the Legendary project has told TheWrap.

Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker had been set to star in a previous incarnation of the project when Ed Zwick was attached to direct.

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Cranston’s involvement is more likely than Damon’s at this point, as the latter actor is preparing to reprise his signature role as Jason Bourne once he wraps Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi movie “The Martian.”

It’ll all come down to scheduling, and Cranston is preparing to play Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach‘s upcoming biopic, so “The Great Wall” is still a ways off.

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Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of “The Great Wall,” which is a supernatural take that will be produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni as well as Charles Roven and Richard Suckle of Atlas Entertainment.

Cranston recently starred in Legendary’s “Godzilla.” He’s represented by UTA, while WME reps Damon.

Both castings were first reported by Deadline.