Magazine article Screen International

Casey Affleck to Star in Adaptation 'Stoner' for Blumhouse

Magazine article Screen International

Casey Affleck to Star in Adaptation 'Stoner' for Blumhouse

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Joe Wright set to direct, Andrew Bovell set to write script.

Blumhouse Productions, Cohen Media Group (CMG) and Film4 have announced that Casey Affleck has signed on to play the title role of William Stoner in the film adaptation of the 1965 John Williams novel, Stoner, which Blumhouse optioned in 2011.

British director Joe Wright will direct the feature and Australian screenwriter and playwright Andrew Bovell is adapting the novel for the screen.

Stoner follows the hardscrabble life of William Stoner, a dirt-poor farmer turned academic, who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th Century.

Affleck recently earned an Oscar for his turn in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea. His turn as Robert Ford in The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford garnered him an Oscar nomination. His credits include Interstellar, Good Will Hunting and the upcoming The Old Man And The Gun, starring opposite Robert Redford.

Wright has become known for his adaptations of classic novels, including his feature film debut, Pride & Prejudice, which earned him a BAFTA award. …

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