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Casey Affleck to Star in Sad Boy Classic ‘Stoner’

Once called “The Greatest American Novel You’ve Never Heard Of” by The New Yorker, the screen adaptation of the 1965 critically acclaimed novel Stoner by John Williams has been announced.

 

With Joe Wright set to direct and Ethan Hawke to executive produce, Academy Award winner Casey Affleck has come on board to star as protagonist William Stoner. Stoner is a farmer turned literary scholar who realizes his passion for humanities and teaching in the wake of World War I. William uses his love of literature and his affair with colleague Katherine Driscoll to escape from his inadequate home life and bad marriage Edith. 

 

Joe Wright is no stranger to directing classic literature adaptations, priors being Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Anna Karenina (2012) all of which star English actress Keira Knightley.

 

Joe Wright directing Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina

Image Via Indie Wire

 

The roles of Edith and Katherine have yet to be cast, but based on previous collaborations, it’s likely audiences will see Knightley sharing the screen with Affleck in this upcoming production. In the mean time, read Stoner, the classic American novel that’s been slipping under almost everyone’s radar since 1965.

 

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