Tommy Lee Jones (“No Country for Old Men”) is set to play an unknown role in director Joe Wright’s (“Darkest Hour”) newest project, according to THR. The veteran actor will star alongside Casey Affleck (“Manchester By the Sea”) in a film adaptation of John William’s 1965 novel “Stoner,” which became a best-seller after its reissue in the early 2000s.
“Stoner” follows William Stoner, an impoverished farmer who’s an academic at heart and the most unlikely hero since Holden Caulfield. The man, who forges his way through the first fifty years of the 1900s, will be played by Affleck. Jones’ role hasn’t been publicized just yet. The New Yorker praised William’s work, calling him “the writer’s writer” in a 2013 article proclaiming “Stoner” to be “The Greatest American Novel You’ve Never Heard Of.” Perhaps Williams will get the limelight he deserves with Wright’s film adaptation.
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, Charles S. Cohen from Cohen Media Group and Film4’s Daniel Battsek will produce alongside “Stoner’s” executive producer Ethan Hawke. Battsek first brought the project to Film4 while he still worked for CMG.
Wright recently made a splash at Telluride with his WWII drama “Darkest Hour,” earning rave reviews and launching lead actor Gary Oldman (“Dark Knight”) into the Oscar race for his role as former British PM Winston Churchill. “Darkest Hour” is set to premiere Nov. 22. Jones is currently filming James Gunn’s “Ad Astra” alongside Brad Pitt (“World War Z”), and can be seen next in “Shock and Awe.”