Matt Damon is going back undercover.
Damon is set to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s police thriller “The Departed” previously known as “Infernal Affairs” at Warner Bros.
Based on the Chinese-lingo Hong Kong gangster pic of the same name (“Wu jian dao”), “Infernal” will be reset in Boston amid Irish-American mobsters and the cops who are their nemeses.
Damon would play a gangster who has infiltrated the Boston police department as part of its cadet class and has been steadily rising through the ranks. DiCaprio will play a cop who’s been deep undercover inside the mob and is starting to come unglued. Each side works feverishly to flush the mole out, with deadly consequences.
Pic, penned by William Monahan, is being produced by Scorsese as well as Brad Grey, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle. Remake czar Roy Lee and his producing partner, Doug Davison, exec produce via their Vertigo Entertainment banner. Lee also exec produced “The Ring” at DreamWorks Pictures, itself a remake of the Japanese-lingo thriller “Ringu.” DreamWorks is in production on a “Ring” sequel.
Plan B has been a busy shingle at Warner’s in its brief life.
With Richard Zanuck, it’s producing Tim Burton’s update of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” toplining Johnny Depp. And in March, shingle joined forces with Scott Free to set up Robert Hansen’s novel “The Assassination of Jesse James”; helmer Andrew Dominik (“Chopper”) is attached.
Damon stars in Universal’s “The Bourne Supremacy,” opening today.