WATCH: Matt Damon Channels ‘Taken’ Energy For ‘Stillwater’ Trailer

Before he made Sydney his second home to bro down with Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon found some time to collaborate with Oscar-nominated writer + director Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, Up) for the upcoming crime drama Stillwater, which we’re choosing to describe as Taken but realistic. Like… depressingly realistic.

This time around, Damon takes on the role of an Oklahoma oil rigger who’s forced to undertake the bravest feat possible: being American in France. The fish-out-of-water scenario occurs when his estranged daughter Allison (portrayed by Abigail Breslin) is arrested on murder charges while studying abroad a la Amanda Knox.

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Instead of running and gunning with virtually no repercussions in Paris like Liam Neeson’s character, however, Damon’s Bill Baker must operate completely within the law in Marseille – exhausting every legal option possible, fighting an uphill battle against both an apathetic system and xenophobic locals who are convinced Allison committed the deed, all in the desperate pursuit for exoneration.

Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin will be joined by Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan, and Lilou Siavaud. The screenplay has been penned by director Tom McCarthy, Rust & Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain, Marcus Hinchey, and Noé Debré.

Stillwater will hit theatre on July 30th – watch the first trailer above.