August 19, 2016


Ben Affleck to Direct & Star in 'Witness For the Prosecution' Reboot

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Ben Affleck is giving his Batman cape a little break, as the actor is currently in talks with 20th Century Fox to direct and star in the upcoming Witness For the Prosecution remake, Deadline reports. It is an adaptation from Agatha Christie's 1925 short story, which was then turned into a play before hitting the big screen in 1957.

For the modern reimagining, Affleck, his BFF Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd and the Agatha Christie estate will co-produce with Christopher Keyser (Party of Five) penning the script. The original Academy Award-nominated film starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton.

The plot follows a lawyer named Sir Wilfrid Robarts who represents Leonard Vole, a client accused of murdering a rich widow after she fell in love with him. Vole's German wife, Christine, is called to the stand as a witness. There is no word of which role Affleck will take, or who else is confirmed for the cast.

Along with working on Witness For the Prosecution, Afflect is also directing/starring in the next stand-alone Batman movie and is the executive producer of 2017's Justice LeagueHis next film, The Accountant, will hit theaters on Oct. 14.