The Instigators
Directed byDoug Liman
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyHenry Braham
Edited bySaar Klein
Distributed byApple Studios (through Apple TV+)
CountryUnited States

The Instigators is an upcoming American heist thriller film directed by Doug Liman, written by Chuck Maclean and Casey Affleck, and starring Affleck and Matt Damon, who also produces the film alongside Ben Affleck under their production company Artists Equity for distribution by Apple TV+ under Apple Original Films.


A botched robbery causes two thieves to go on the run, dragging along one of their therapists in the process.



It was announced in December 2022 that Apple TV+ had acquired the rights to the project, which would see Doug Liman directing, and Matt Damon and Casey Affleck starring. Damon will also produce alongside Ben Affleck under their Artists Equity production company.[1] In February 2023, Hong Chau joined the cast,[2] with Paul Walter Hauser, Michael Stuhlbarg, Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Ron Perlman joining the following month.[3][4][5] Jack Harlow was added to the cast in April.[6]

Filming began in Boston in March 2023.[7] Locations include Bova's Bakery.[8]


  1. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 8, 2022). "Matt Damon And Casey Affleck Set To Star In Apple Original Films' The Instigators With Doug Liman Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 8, 2022.
  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 28, 2023). "Hong Chau Joins Matt Damon In Apple Original Films' The Instigators". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 28, 2023.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 8, 2023). "Black Bird Star Paul Walter Hauser Reunites With Apple On The Instigators Starring Matt Damon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 8, 2023.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 22, 2023). "Michael Stuhlbarg Joins Matt Damon And Casey Affleck In The Instigators". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 28, 2023). "Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina And Ron Perlman Join Apple's 'The Instigators'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 5, 2023). "Jack Harlow Joins Matt Damon And Casey Affleck In The Instigators For Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 5, 2023.
  7. ^ "Bova's Bakery owner 'a little nervous' but excited to close for Damon/Affleck movie shoot". CBS News. March 20, 2023. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  8. ^ "Bova's Bakery in North End to close for Matt Damon, Casey Affleck movie shoot". WCVB. March 8, 2023. Retrieved May 14, 2023.