October 25, 2011 06:01:49 GMT
In this movie about Boston's most notorious crime boss, Ben will serve as the director while Matt will play the lead character.
Ben Affleck will reunite with his pal Matt Damon more than ten years after they teamed up in 1997's "Good Will Hunting". Deadline reported that the two actors are set to work together in Warner Bros. Pictures' new biopic about New England's most notorious gangster, Whitley Bulger.
Ben, whose younger brother Casey Affleck is also cast to play a supporting role, will tackle the directorial duty in addition to starring in this biopic. Matt, in the meantime, will take on the role of Bulger. Both of them will produce the movie under their banner, Pearl Street Films.
Of the upcoming project, Ben said, "Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time. We've heard about Whitley Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited by the prospect of putting it on screen."
Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president of production added, "When Ben mentioned this to Jeff and Sarah, they jumped immediately. It's a perfect fit of story with the ideal artists to bring that story to the screen, and it's so great to be heading back to Boston with Ben and Matt."
The script for the untitled Whitey Bulger biopic will be penned by "Broadwalk Empire" screenwriter Terence Winter. The story recounts the life of Bulger, a notorious South Boston gangster boss who fled in 1994 and remained a fugitive for 16 years. He was finally arrested in Santa Monica in June this year.