Affleck bound for ‘Glory’

WB eyeing actor for leading role in drama

Though Ben Affleck’s “Good Will Hunting” co-star and co-writer Matt Damon has gotten the lion’s share of attention from that film, Affleck himself is emerging as an up-and-coming leading man.

Affleck is being eyed by Warner Bros. to topline “Glory Days,” a character-based drama, with Mutual Film Co.’s Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn also involved.

The film, with a script by Barra Grant, is one of several that Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) is considering for his next directing slot.

The film won’t start production until the fall, which is fine with Affleck, since he’s booked solid until then.

Affleck has small roles in “Shakespeare in Love,” “Dogma” and “200 Cigarettes” and will costar with Sandra Bullock in “Forces of Nature” in June at DreamWorks.

He is expected to get a major career boost this summer, when he stars alongside Bruce Willis in the Touchstone big-budgeter “Armageddon,” which opens July 4 weekend.

“Glory Days,” which is a working title for the new film, is expected to be decided upon by Zemeckis shortly. Affleck is repped by CAA’s Patrick Whitesell.

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