Affleck, Damon to produce, star in Whitey Bulger film
October 24th, 2011
07:15 PM ET

Affleck, Damon to produce, star in Whitey Bulger film

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are combining their star power once again.

Studio Warner Bros. Pictures tells CNN that Affleck is set to direct as well as co-star along with Matt Damon in a film about infamous gangster Whitey Bulger. The yet-to-be-titled film will be produced by the Boston filmmakers as well, under their production company Pearl Street Films.

Damon is signed on to portray Bulger, who was just recently apprehended after more than 16 years on the run.

"Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire" scribe Terence Winter is taking care of the screenplay, which will chronicle Bulger's journey from his "misspent youth" to becoming one of the most notorious criminals in history.

The studio didn't clarify what role Affleck will take on, but Deadline reports his brother Casey will also join the cast in a supporting role.

According to the site, Affleck says that he and co-star Damon "have been looking for something to do together for some time. We've heard about Whitey Bulger since we were kids, and we are excited about the prospect of putting it on screen."

Filed under: Ben Affleck • Celebrities • Matt Damon • movies

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. cdgfla

    They already made this movie. The Departed. Jack Nicholson's character was completely based on Bulger, and Damon was in that movie for christ's sake. Good luck topping that one gents.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jessica @ Work

    Didn't they already– The Departed, anyone?

    October 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anomic Office Drone

    Well, if a movie is going to be made about a guy from Boston, these are probably the right guys to do it.

    October 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bahstangirl

    I hate going to the movies. I would go for this. Hope they use real Boston accents

    October 25, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. jb2817

    Ben Asslick

    October 25, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Great Orson

    shows how much people care about this project. The story was posted 4 hours ago, and this is the first comment. ho-hum!

    October 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |

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