Jay Roach To Direct Matt Damon and the Afflecks' Baseball Wife-Swapping Movie

May 9, 2014


Austin Powers franchise director Jay Roach is in talks for the latest sequel in his Joy of Swinging series. Variety reports that he'll likely direct The Trade, a film about the 1970s scandal during which some squares got all uptight about Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich swapping wives. (Petersen was a switch-hitter and Kekich was a relief pitcher, so it kind of made sense double-entendre-wise.) Casey Affleck rewrote the script from a draft by Seinfeld and Curb writer David Mandel, and Matt Damon was once attached to direct and co-star with Ben Affleck. Perhaps recognizing how suspicious that might look, now the two longtime friends are just producing and privately continuing to share their wives.

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