Ben Affleck is reportedly circling the director’s chair and may star in the drama Replay. According to Deadline, the drama, which has been in development since 1989, is based on the Ken Grimwood novel about “a 43-year old radio journalist who dies, wakes up in his 18-year old body, and gets to relive his life over and over, getting the opportunity to take roads he passed up the first time around.”
Affleck’s been on fire ever since The Town opened to strong box office and critical acclaim. He actually turned down Warner Bros. blockbuster projects Superman: The Man of Steel and Tales from the Gangster Squad. It’s looking like Affleck is interested in a smaller, more character-driven drama as the other project he’s considering is The Trade. That film is about 1973 wife-swapping Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekrich. While we previously reported that Matt Damon was interested in directing The Trade, Deadline is reporting that Affleck is choosing between that film and Replay as his next project. Whatever he chooses, I know I’ll be interested.