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Movie News: Joe Wright to direct Casey Affleck in film adaptation of John Williams' Stoner

According to Deadline, Pride & Prejudice (2005) director Joe Wright is set to direct recent Oscar Winner Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea) in Stoner, a film adaptation based on the critically acclaimed 1965 novel by John Williams. Andrew Bovell will be adapting the screenplay for the film.

Read more info. about Stoner film below via Deadline...
  Casey Affleck To Star In ‘Stoner’; Joe Wright Directing John Williams’ Acclaimed Novel

Manchester By The Sea Oscar winner Casey Affleck is boarding Stoner, a movie from Blumhouse, Cohen Media Group and Film 4 based on the critically acclaimed 1965 novel by John Williams. Joe Wright is set to direct Andrew Bovell’s adapted screenplay.

Affleck plays the title role 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 2oth century. In the book, Stoner deals with his pursuit of literature, his workplace politics, marriage to his wife Edith, and an affair with colleague Katherine. Blumhouse optioned Stoner in 2011; the New Yorker called the book “the greatest American Novel you’ve never heard of.”

“Because the novel is so beautiful but not well-known, fans of Stoner feel like they’re in a secret club. I’m so excited that Casey, Joe and Andrew have come aboard to help expand this club’s membership,” Jason Blum said in a statement. “This quintessentially American work is being brought to the screen by a terrific international team, and we’re confident their combined perspectives will add rich layers to this moving story.”

Wright is at the onset of what looks to be a great awards season for him with his seventh directorial feature, Darkest Hour, hitting the fall film festival circuit. The pic from Focus Features opens November 22 and stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill leading the charge against Adolf Hitler’s army in the early days of World War II. Wright is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group. Read full article here

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