Though they have been best friends for years, the two actors have only worked together a few times. Now, they’ve decided to work together again so they can spend more time together.
It’s amazing to think that it has been 15 years since Ben Affleck and Matt Damon released Good Will Hunting. Both actors have made dozens of movies since then, but mostly not together. However, for a new film, they have decided to reunite once again.
The film will be about real-life mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and will star Damon along with Affleck’s brother, Casey Affleck. Ben Affleck will be directing the film. Damon will be playing the mobster, and Casey Affleck will portray his brother.
After winning their Oscar for Good Will Hunting, the two stars starred in Dogma together and have always stayed best friends.
“He’s my hetero-lifemate,” Damon told Anderson Cooper last year, according to E! News. “We finally realized, in this last year, that working together will be our best chance of seeing each other. We have a company together and have a couple projects we’re trying to get going so we can just end up on a movie set and hang out.”
Ben Affleck’s directing career has been going well, with films such as The Town and Gone Baby Gone under his belt. He was also behind the recent release of Argo, a film about a little-known attempt to rescue the U.S. hostages in Iran in the 1970s. Argo has been the talk of Hollywood and is in contention for at least a few Oscars this year.
As for Damon and Affleck’s upcoming movie, it’s still in the writing stage.
“There’s a first draft, and we’re still working on it. It’s a movie I really want to make, but it’s really a tough story because it’s too long,” Affleck said, according to The Huffington Post. “I really want to wait to get it right. You can’t f**k up Whitey Bulger. That’s it, that’s the only thing that will be remembered for the rest of your career.”
But Affleck knows time is of the essence for his new Whitey Bulger film, since others in Hollywood have talked about wanting to make a similar movie. Mark Wahlberg is among those who was hoping to be a part of a similar film.
“I know there are other guys out there who want to make the movie,” Affleck said, according to The Huffington Post. “So do you want to be second and diminish the appetite?”