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Just the other day we got word that both J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick could possibly join the cast of Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant and now The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal is up for a role, too.  Or perhaps I should say The Wolf of Wall Street, Snitch or Fury’s Jon Bernthal because ever since leaving the show, he’s been doing pretty well for himself on the big screen.

In addition, it’s also being reported that Richard Gere is locked to lead a film called Oppenheimer Strategies for director Joseph Cedar.  Hit the jump for more on that, The Accountant and Live By Night as well.

Ben Affleck in Talks to Next Star in Action Thriller THE ACCOUNTANT

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On the eve of the release of Gone Girl (which is enjoying glowing reviews), Ben Affleck may have decided on his next project as an actor.  While Affleck was all set to direct his period crime drama Live by Night after Argo, he opted to take on the lead in Gone Girl first.  Then the role of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came calling, and he pushed Live by Night even further.  Now it appears that Affleck is keen on squeezing one more movie in before he starts production on Live by Night next summer, as he’s in talks to star in the action thriller The Accountant for Warner Bros.  More after the jump.

Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning Join Ben Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT

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Even though Ben Affleck is busy shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he’s still moving forward with his next directorial endeavor, his adaption of the Dennis Lehane novel, Live By Night.  Affleck just recruited Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning to star in the film, which tells the story of Joe Coughlin’s experience going from petty theft in Boston in the 1920s to climbing the organized crime ladder.

Affleck adapted the book himself and will also produce alongside Appian Way’s Jennifer Killoran Davisson and Leonardo DiCaprio.  Hit the jump for more on Miller, Saldana and Fanning’s roles in the film.

Warner Bros. Sets Release Dates for Ben Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT, Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, and Two Animation Projects

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Warner Bros. has announced a few release dates:

  • The studio pushed Ben Affleck‘s Live by Night, set in Boston during Prohibition, from Christmas 2015 to October 17, 2016.
  • Midnight Special is scheduled for November 25, 2015.  Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, and Michael Shannon star in the latest from writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud).
  • Warner Animation Group claimed February 10, 2017 and February 9, 2018 for two untitled projects.
  • Warner Bros. and New Line will release an untitled comedy on November 13, 2015.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  More on each project after the jump.

Ben Affleck’s LIVE BY NIGHT Set for December 25, 2015 Release; Clint Eastwood’s JERSEY BOYS Opens June 20, 2014

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Warner Bros. has announced release dates for a pair of the studio’s more prestigious upcoming projects.  First up, Ben Affleck’s directorial follow-up to last year’s Argo will get a prime holiday release, as Live By Night has been officially dated for December 25, 2015 (now the busiest year in film history).  The crime drama is an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name, which takes place in Boston during the 1920’s.  Affleck was originally planning on going into production this year, but he subsequently signed on to star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl and agreed to don the cowl for Batman vs. SupermanLive by Night will now start production later next year after Affleck wraps his Batman role, making the Christmas 2015 release date a rather quick turnaround.  And yes, Batman vs. Superman also opens in 2015.

Additionally, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys will arrive in theaters on June 20, 2014, where it will open opposite the comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too.  Aside from Christopher Walken, the cast of Eastwood’s film is mostly made up of stage actors.

Production on MAN OF STEEL Follow-Up to Begin February 2014; Ben Affleck Reportedly Signed to Play Batman in Multiple Films

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If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time.  Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February.  For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.

In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films.  Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.

Scott Cooper to Replace Ben Affleck as Director of Stephen King Adaptation THE STAND

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When Warner Bros. announced last night that Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up, the future of Affleck’s incredibly successful directorial career was thrown into question.  Presumably Affleck will  be getting a standalone Batman film in the near future, and he’s all but guaranteed to star in Justice League (which he might even end up directing).  It now appears that the first directorial casualty of Affleck donning the cape and cowl has surfaced, as word comes that Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper is in talks to replace him as the writer and director of Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Stand.

Hit the jump for more, including the status of Affleck’s other directorial projects.

Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Before Directing LIVE BY NIGHT; Trio Eyed for Female Lead

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While Ben Affleck has been busy prepping his next directorial feature, the period Dennis Lehane adaptation Live by Night, it appears that he’ll be making time for another acting gig before going into production on his Argo follow-up.  What director would cause Affleck to push back his first directorial project after winning the DGA Award, you might ask?  Well David Fincher, of course.  Affleck is now in talks to lead Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestselling novel Gone Girl, which will solidify the pic as Fincher’s next film.  Hit the jump for more on this exciting development, including which Oscar winning actresses are being eyed for the female lead.

Ben Affleck Confirms LIVE BY NIGHT as His Next Directorial Project; Explains Why He Dropped Out of FOCUS

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Many (myself included) are still reeling from the fact that somehow Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director during this morning Oscar nominations announcements, but I have little doubt that we’ll be hearing Affleck’s name as a major part of an awards season race again soon.  Argo was his most accomplished work yet, and eyes are now looking to what he’ll be directing as his next project.

We recently heard that Affleck was eyeing an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s 1920s Boston crime drama Live By Night as his next effort, and during a recent interview Affleck confirmed that he’s currently working on the screenplay as he readies the pic to be his next film.  He also took a moment to explain why he had to drop out of starring in the drama Focus with Kristen Stewart.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Ben Affleck Reportedly Eyes New Dennis Lehane Novel LIVE BY NIGHT for Next Directorial Effort

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Director Ben Affleck is reportedly going back to the well to possibly adapt the Dennis Lehane novel, Live by Night, for his next feature.  The multi-hyphenate is expected to write/produce/direct and star in the film, which is set up at Warner Bros.  Another Lehane project would be fitting since Affleck cut his directorial teeth on the author’s novel, Gone Baby Gone.  Live by Night is a new novel from Lehane that was just recently published and is a period piece, taking place in Boston in the roaring ’20s.  Hit the jump for the full plot description of Live by Night.

Warner Bros. Acquires Denis Lehane’s LIVE BY NIGHT; Leonardo DiCaprio Attached to Star

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Another Denis Lehane novel is headed to the big screen.  Some great feature films have previously been adapted from the author’s works such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island, and now Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Live By Night with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star.  The book actually doesn’t come out until October, but it takes the characters from Lehane’s World War I-set novel The Given Day and brings them into Prohibition.  No other plot details are given.  Live By Night is the second installment of a trilogy Lehane is writing, so now Warner Bros. controls all the material.

Sam Raimi had previously tried to get a feature film adaptation of The Given Day made, but his option has since lapsed.  I haven’t read The Given Day, but I’m a fan of the Lehane books that I’ve read and DiCaprio has excellent taste, so I’m assuming Live By Night will be another intriguing (and probably depressing) adaptation once it gets off the ground.

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