Gus Van Sant helms the production, which is based on a story by Dave Eggers. It follows Damon as a salesman named Steve who seeks drilling rights in desolate farming towns.
John Krasinski, who co-wrote the film with Damon, plays a local named Dustin who fights Steve's influence. Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Hal Holbrook (Lincoln) also star.
Promised Land will see a limited release December 28, before expanding to a wider release in 2013. Take a look at the Promise Land poster, as well: