Deadline reported, Casey Affleck has been cast in the film adaptation of classic novel Stoner by John Williams. Blumhouse, Cohen Media Group and Film will produce from Andrew Bovell’s script. Joe Wright will direct.
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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 youve never heard of.
Because the novel is so beautiful but not well-known, fans of Stoner feel like theyre in a secret club. Im so excited that Casey, Joe and Andrew have come aboard to help expand this clubs membership, Jason Blum said in a statement. This quintessentially American work is being brought to the screen by a terrific international team, and were confident their combined perspectives will add rich layers to this moving story.