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Ben Affleck in talks to direct Agatha Christie's Witness For The Prosecution


Story by Jack Foley

BEN Affleck is in talks to direct and star in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Witness For The Prosecution.

The short story is also being adapted for the BBC, starring Kim Cattrall, Andrea Riseborough and Toby Jones.

But the Fox version, for cinema release, has been adapted by Christopher Keyser.

The story follows a lawyer defending a client in a murder trial that is full of surprises.

Affleck will produce with Jennifer Todd and Matt Damon along with the Agatha Christie estate.

The story was previously adapted for the 1957 Billy Wilder-helmed version that starred Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich. It received six Oscar nominations.

In what is proving to be a busy time for Christie’s work, Fox is also currently working on an adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express starring Kenneth Branagh, who is also directing.

Affleck, who helmed Argo, has a very busy slate ahead of him.

He’s shortly due to be seen in Warner Bros thriller The Accountant and has also directed the upcoming Warner Bros. title Live By Night.

He’s also hip deep in the DC Comics world, where he is currently playing Batman in Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad and the upcoming Justice League: Part One. He’s also co-writing a standalone Batman movie for the studio, which he also plans to direct.

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