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In their first collaboration since 'Dogma,' Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are joining forces to bring the story of one of New England's most notorious gangsters to the screen. Affleck will direct, co-star in, and produce the story of Whitey Bulger, upon whose life a portion of 'The Departed' was actually based, with Damon in the lead role. The script is set to be written by 'Boardwalk Empire' scribe/creator Terence Winter. Ben's brother Casey Affleck ('Gone Baby Gone,' 'Ocean's 11-13') will appear in a supporting role. Affleck states that he and Damon have been searching for a project to work on together for years.
The tendency here is to immediately make jokes, because that is indeed what we do, but honestly this sounds like a great project for all involved. The last time Affleck and Damon collaborated like this we got 'Good Will Hunting,' which is an absolutely phenomenal film. Affleck has proven himself to be a damn good director with 'The Town' and 'Gone Baby Gone' while Damon has been establishing himself as one of the best actors working today. Casey Affleck continues to surprise and impress me with every performance so I am very much looking forward to his involvement as well. But almost as exciting as the reteaming of Affleck and Damon is the fact that Terence Winter will be writing the film. 'Boardwalk Empire' is like candy for fans of organized crime stories and I can't wait to see what he does with another gangster story based on actual gangsters.
What do you guys think? Are you excited about this project?