Matt Damon, Ben Affleck Reunite for Whitey Bulger Biopic
Only two days into this week and we’ve already got a pair of Ben Affleck stories. After yesterday’s news that he’s in the running to direct a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, we find out today he’s re-teaming with Good Will Hunting collaborator and pal Matt Damon for a new movie.
Deadline reports the boys from Bean Town will join forces to bring the story of one of Boston’s most notorious citizens to the big screen. Based on the life of infamous mobster Whitey Bulger, the film will be directed by Affleck, star Damon as Bulger, and feature Ben and brother Casey Affleck. The script is penned by Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter.
“Matt and I have been looking for something to do together for some time,” Affleck said. “We’ve heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited by the prospect of putting it on screen.”
The biopic will follow Bulger from childhood to becoming one of the most feared men in the East Coast crime circle. Lowlights from Bulger’s life include running with a gang called the Shamrocks as a kid, being charged with larceny at the age of 14, joining the Air Force only to spend a good deal of time in the stockades, supposedly being involved in LSD tests by the government while in prison, doing time on Alcatraz, running with a few gangs, ratting on his people, going on the run for almost two decades and, finally, being turned in to police earlier this year. And that’s just the quick version.
Needless to say, there’s plenty of material here for the brothers Affleck, Damon, Winter and whoever else winds up being involved to work with.