Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant Trailer Starring Matt Damon


Steven Soderbergh has never been one to take a lot of time off in between projects. Last year he completed his two-part epic Che (which still has yet to be released on DVD), and just a few months later his follow-up film The Girlfriend Experience was screening at Sundance. Now we’ve already got a trailer for his next movie, a corporate comedy/thriller called The Informant starring Matt Damon.

When I first heard about this movie, for some reason I thought it was going to be more of a straight up espionage flick (maybe it’s just that Damon’s look with the glasses reminded me of The Good Shepherd), but it’s definitely got a strong satirical edge to it. The fact that it’s a true story also interests me. In a way this feels like Soderbergh’s response to The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading, and it will probably also be a little too smart for mainstream audiences. Based on the non-fiction book by Kurt Eichenwald, Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, the vice-president of a company who becomes an informant for the FBI, feeding them details of an illegal price-fixing scheme from the inside. What they don’t realize, however, is that the man is bipolar and he also has an agenda of his own. The Informant is set to be released on October 9th. Check out the trailer after the jump.

  • Nate

    Looks good. Referring to Damon’s stache of course. The movie looks good too. And look! Buster Bluth! October is shaping up to be quite the month for film.

    Also, you can rent Che at Blockbuster.

  • Fatbologna

    It’s funny, but you can see in the trailer that the studio feels it’s too smart. The trailer is FAR too long and gives WAY too much away in it’s effort to get the tone and plot across. It looks good, but I feel like I’ve already seen the damn thing. Soderbergh is always an interesting filmmaker in his successes AND failures. He’s been pretty diverse and prolific in his output through directing AND producing over the last few years and any time I see his name I know it’ll be something to watch. BUBBLE was a great little media experiment and his GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE seems equally interesting.

    Definitely gonna give this one a look!

  • Erin

    I can’t wait to see this one! There’s a LOT that this trailer doesn’t give away. You’ve got until Oct, so I’d highly recommend reading the book. Maybe I found it so intriguing because I took a job with this exact company Whitacre worked for shortly after the collusion & money laundering trials had ended. It was surprising to see how well connected that company was (politically & otherwise), which I wonder if any of that will actually make the movie. Surprising it’s going out as a comedy, though. . . either way – I’m looking forward to this film!

  • Big Hungry

    Matt D. reminds me of Mike Ditka – Da Bears Coach

  • I wonder if if Matt Damon will get shot in the face in a closet in this one

  • Jp cate

    Trust me fat bologna, if you are familiar with the details of this story then you can be sure it doesnt give half of the story away. There is actually an interesting This American Life episode devoted entirely to this story (made in 2000). I would check it out if you dont mind having the movie spoiled for you a bit, but I think you’ll find after listening that you can see how there is a lot more to the story than just a few plot points covered in the trailer. Im pumped.

  • Jp cate

    Almost forgot, the name of the TAL episode is called ‘The Fix Is In’

  • AdamH

    OMG! Its Captain Archer! :)

  • Mitch

    Looks great, Soderbergh’s on fire right now.