Casey Affleck To Star In Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Produced 'Race To The South Pole'; Whitey Bulger Biopic Still In The Cards

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by Kevin Jagernauth
September 19, 2012 10:18 PM
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What's better than one Affleck? Two Afflecks. And what's better than two Afflecks? Two Afflecks and a Damon. That's right, all three are coming together, putting their Voltron like powers toward a project that's a bit unexpected.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will produce "Race To The South Pole," with Casey Affleck set to star, THR reports. We just bought our ticket. Penned by Peter Glanz (who recently shot his directorial debut "The Longest Week" with Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde), and picked up by Warner Bros., the film will tell the true story of Englishman Robert Falcon Scott (Affleck) and Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who in the early 1900s competed in a race to reach the South Pole which at the time was still largely unexplored. That's pretty excellently ambitious stuff, and perfectly suited to the big screen so here's hoping this one keeps moving right along.

This of course isn't the first time the trio have worked together, with three at one time trying to mount wife swapping Yankees tale "The Trade" (with Ben and Matt starring, and all them writing) before legal woes pretty much stopped that one cold. And the trio have also got that Whitey Bulger biopic, that Ben would direct with Matt and Casey starring, with the script coming from "Boardwalk Empire" scribe Terence Winter. And that one at least is very much in the cards.

Based on the true story of the notorious head of the Boston outfit the Winter Hill gang, Bulger evaded capture for years, before he was dramatically arrested last year in California. And it sounds pretty epic in scope thus far. “Terence Winter [has] written a first draft. It’s a movie I really want to make. It’s a tough story because it’s a long story and I really want to do the whole span. I want to go from Alcatraz where they experimented on him with LSD all the way ending up in the farmers market in Santa Monica," Ben Affleck told Examiner. "I will direct it. Matt (Damon) will star in it. My brother (Casey Affleck) will play Billy. I’m really excited for it, my only concern, ok I have two things, I want to do it right, you can’t f--k up Whitey Bulger. But I know there’s other guys out there who want to make the movie so do you want to be second? You diminish the appetite.” Affleck's last comment is likely referring to the movie Peter Facinelli is trying to get made, based on the same topic. But still, he's really keen to do it.

“If there was a movie that me and Matt were meant to do together, this has gotta be the one,” Affleck told the Boston Herald. “It’s where my heart is, but there’s a lot of stuff, and we’re trying to cull it and we’re probably twice as careful about this one because we know the degree of scrutiny that people are going to have — particularly in Boston.” Affleck hasn't ruled out acting in the film, saying he's really tempted to take the part of FBI agent John Connolly, the duplicitious man who kept Bulger safe for years, when the gangster was working for them as an informant.

So yes, lots on the table for these three and it seems the fire is there for something to bring them together sooner rather than later.

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6 Comments

  • sidsbowl | September 20, 2012 3:58 PMReply

    They need another major lead for the south pole movie. And maybe Paul Greengrass as director? Given the inherent emotional content of the story they shouldn't be lacking for directorial prospects.

  • Christian | September 20, 2012 5:49 AMReply

    Could be a Scorsese-level mob film!

  • DG | September 20, 2012 3:05 AMReply

    Just read Bulgers Wikipedia page and even just from that it's pretty obvious this would be an awesome movie. Normally I'm not huge of bio pics, I feel like they are generally a good platform for one or two actors to give an exceptional performance but usually aren't the best movies overall (La Vie En Rose for example, though I'm sure tons of people will disagree with me there), this seems like it could be an exception though. Also my anticipation for Argo is steadily growing by the day.

  • MJ | September 20, 2012 12:11 AMReply

    Who better to take on Bulger's story than these two (3? I'm not seeing any evidence of Casey's involvement with the Bulger project). Not loving the idea of Terrence Winter writing, after slogging through multiple seasons of the writing he's supervised on Boardwalk Empire. A lot of charisma & self-importance, but stilted-writing & storytelling that doesn't come together. After Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone & The Town its disappointing Affleck hasn't been writing of late.

  • fkadk | September 19, 2012 10:31 PMReply

    "And while Ben won't act in the movie, he hasn't ruled it out entirely saying that's really tempted to take the part of FBI agent John Connolly". So he won't act but he might? That sentence needs a second look.

  • jingmei | September 19, 2012 10:22 PMReply

    This brotherhood gang pretty tough seems.

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