Variety reports the star will direct and star in a remake of "Witness For the Prosecution." Billy Wilder first adapted the Agatha Christie story in a 1957 film starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton. The movie received six Academy Award nominations
Affleck will also produce the remake, along with BFF Matt Damon, Jennifer Todd and the Agatha Christie estate. Christopher Keyser ("Party of Five," "Tyrant") will write the script.
The movie centers on the trial of a man accused of murdering a wealthy widow who named him as her sole heir just before her death. When man's wife testifies against him for the prosecution, the trial takes a shocking turn. It's unclear if Affleck will play the accused murderer or his lawyer.
The star recently wrapped on directing the Prohibition drama "Live By Night" and is set to direct and star in a standalone Batman movie.
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The affable Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) has chosen to represent him. Unfortunately, Leonard's alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich) -- who, after the discovery of a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him. To Sir Wilfrid's surprise, this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals. Read More