Casey Affleck has picked his first post-Oscar win project, signing on for Joe Wright’s “Stoner” based on the novel by John Williams.
Set at the end of the nineteenth century, William Stoner is born into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family who falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life.
He soon encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a ‘proper’ family estranges him from his parents, his career is stymied, his wife and daughter leave him, and a new love ends in scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, he confronts an essential solitude.
The project has been setup at Cohen Media Group, Film4, and Blumhouse in what’s being considered a potential awards contender.