Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming up for another Beantown big screen feature, this time about New England gangster Whitey Bulger.
According to Deadline.com, the “Good Will Hunting” guys have signed a deal with Warner Bros. to make a movie about the mob boss who was arrested in June after 16 years as a fugitive. Affleck will direct, co-star and produce with Damon, who’ll get top billing as Bulger. The film will follow Bulger from his early days to his Alcatraz incarceration to his pinnacle as a mob head/FBI informant.
“Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time,” Affleck told Deadline. “We’ve heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited by the prospect of putting it on screen.”
Damon’s handled this type of thing before — he played a two-faced Boston cop 2006′s “The Departed,” which was partially inspired by Bulger. Affleck also dealt with New England high crime in 2010′s “The Town.”
Expect to see more familiar faces in the film. Ben Affleck’s younger brother Casey Affleck, who also appeared in “Good Will Hunting,” will co-star.