Boston boys directing a New York Yankees film? Looks like Ben Affleck and younger bro Casey Affleck are gearing up to bring the Bronx Bombers to the big screen. But no, they won’t be writing about Alex Rodriguez‘s grand slams. Instead, the die-hard Red Sox fans will showcase a less triumphant time in the Yanks history.
The Affleck brothers are re-writing The Trade, a true story of two Yankees pitchers who swapped wives in the 1970s.
And an added bonus — Ben may star in the flick as well!
“[M]y brother and I, it looks like, are going to do the next draft of The Trade, so I’m really excited. I’m going to write it with Casey,” Ben told MTV News.
According to MTV, the script follows teammates Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich “who revealed during spring training in 1973 that they had traded wives.”
Early reports pinned Ben as writer, director and to star as Peterson opposite Matt Damon‘s possible portrayal of Kekich.
“I don’t know how it will come together — acting, directing, who will do it, but Casey and I decided to write it,” Ben confirmed to MTV. “It’s one of those things where we don’t jump in and go, ‘I’m going to do this, you’re going to do this.’ Let’s write it. Let’s get it to a point. Dave Mandel did a good draft. Casey and I are going to fool with it and get it to a place we want to get it to. Once the script is ready, then it’s, ‘Who’s doing what, what’s the time frame, Matt, me, Casey, directing?’ ”
Earlier this year, when MTV asked Matt if he would be involved in the project, the die-hard Sox fan said, “I know Ben’s interested in it and I’m dying to work with Ben again. He’s a great director and obviously you know what I think of him as a writer.”
But Matt remains weary about putting his name on a project that involves the Yankees franchise (won’t even touch a Yankee ball cap), something Ben has come to terms with.
“I’ve come to have a little more respect for the Yankees,” he said. “They are good. There are some of those guys that, I have to say, seem like good guys. As an institution, disdain.”
Catch the clip below!