Casey Affleck is turning director once more, and his I’m Still Here actor (and real-life brother-in-law) Joaquin Phoenix is again set to star.
THR reports the duo are going western for an adaptation of Robert Olmstead’s 2009 novel, Far Bright Star, which ‘is set in 1916 and tells of an aging cavalryman, to be played by Phoenix (WME, Sloane Offer), who is leading a ragtag group of young men on a hunt for the legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. When the group is attacked and most of his charges are killed, the man is left struggling for survival in the desert.’
Affleck comments, “This is a beautifully written story on pain and loss and the drive and resilience one finds within themselves to continue through the day.”
It’s not clear when it will shoot.