Boston’s hometown heroes are back in business.
Nearly 14 years after Ben Affleck and Matt Damon teamed up for Good Will Hunting and some Oscar glory, the two are finally teaming up again to tackle some of the biggest news to hit their hometown in years…
Famed crime boss and fugitive Whitey Bulger is getting the big-screen treatment once again. (He already served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson‘s character in Martin Scorsese‘s Oscar-winning pic The Departed.)
Damon’s rep confirms to E! News that the star with play Bulger. Affleck will costar as well as direct the pic, pulling double duty as he did for that other critically acclaimed Boston crime drama, The Town. And it sounds like the two are excited to finally be teaming up once again:
“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.”
Bulger was a notorious figure in the South Boston crime scene who fled in 1994 and was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives for 16 years until he was finally apprehended in June in Santa Monica, Calif—after a former Miss Iceland recognized the pair as her cat-loving neighbors. Per the Deadline report, Damon and Affleck will focus on Bulger’s youth, his incarceration at Alcatraz and his rise through the crime world while simultaneously serving as an informant for the Feds.
Who knows, maybe these two will make off with some Oscar gold one more time.