Filmmaker Tom McCarthy (‘Spotlight,’ The Station Agent,’ ‘Win Win’) is set to direct Matt Damon in the drama ‘Stillwater,’ Variety reports.

Damon will play Bill, “an American oil-rig rough neck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. In the process, he develops a friendship with a local woman and her young daughter and embarks on a personal journey of discovery and a larger sense of belonging in the world.”

McCarthy co-wrote the script with Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré. Producers include Participant Media, Anonymous Content, Liza Chasin, Jonathan King, Tom McCarthy and the late Steve Golin. Jeff Skoll and Mari Jo Winkler-loffreda will executive produce.