‘Stoner’ Film Adaptation Casts Casey Affleck as Its Star

By September 8, 2017Adaptations, News

The novel Stoner, by John Williams, is often described as one of the best books people have usually never read, or even heard of, and is even considered to be a hidden American classic. The book didn’t perform well upon its initial release in 1965 and has been in and out of publication since it was first released. Now back in publication, the book has received a new breath of life in recent years and has enjoyed critical acclaim and is finally getting the attention it deserves.

Fans of the book will be pleased to hear that the book is in the process of being adapted into a film and, as Deadline reports, Hollywood actor Casey Affleck will play the role of lead character William Stoner. The film is being produced by Jason Blum, Charles S. Cohen and Daniel Battsek and the actor Ethan Hawke is set as the executive producer.

The film will be directed by Joe Wright who has directed previous book adaptations such as “Pride & Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Anna Karenina.” Blum described fans of the book as being part of a “secret club.” He added: “I’m so excited that Casey, Joe and Andrew have come aboard to help expand this club’s membership,” he said. “This quintessentially American work is being brought to the screen by a terrific international team, and we’re confident their combined perspectives will add rich layers to this moving story.”

Casey Affleck is a celebrated actor who was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for his role in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He went on to win an Oscar in 2016 for his role in Manchester by the Sea, which also won him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. However, his casting might prove somewhat controversial due to two lawsuits that were filed against him in 2010 for sexual harassment. Affleck denied the charges and the lawsuit was settled out of court.

Though Stoner was never popular in John Williams’ life, he did go on to have greater success with his novel ‘Augustus’ which won him the National Book Award in 1972. Williams passed away in 1994.

New Peter Rabbit Movie Coming Soon

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“Peter Rabbit now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm. Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.”

Coming soon from Sony Pictures is a brand new animation of Beatrix Potter’s classic bunny tale. Originally due in March 2018, the combined live-action and CGI animated film is now due for release on the 9th of February 2018, possibly as a result of the speed of the production. It seems like a host of stars also voice the characters we know and love.

Eagle-eyed members of the public spotted the film crew in Ambleside and Windermere in the Lake District. A local toy shop was adapted to be Mr McGregors’, which was very exciting for the locals.

Check out the cheeky rabbit’s trailer for the film below!

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First Photos from Good Omens Adaptation as Filming Begins

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Back in the new year we brought you the news that an adaptation of Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman was to start filming this year. David Tennant was announced pretty soon after as one of the lead roles and now we know he’ll play Demon Crowley. Michael Sheen will play the Angel Aziraphale and now that filming has begun we have the first images for you via the BBC. Read More

The Trailer for Atwood’s Alias Grace Miniseries is Here and it’s Thrilling

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Margaret Atwood is hot property right now and the recent adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale really couldn’t have been more well-received by viewers. If that series left you wanting more then hopefully you’ll be waiting patiently for the adaptation of Alias Grace, another of Atwood’s novels. We brought you that news along with pictures from the set of Alias Grace a few months ago and today the first official Netflix trailer is here! Read More

Ian McEwan Hits the Big Screen With Three Adaptations

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If you’re a fan of Ian’s McEwan’s work then you’re in for a treat in the coming weeks and months as we hear the news that three of his works have been adapted for the screen.

The adaptation of the 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach will release as a movie in early 2018 along with a movie adaptation of McEwan’s 2014 novel The Children Act. If that wasn’t enough to satisfy your McEwan addiction then this Autumn Benedict Cumberbatch will play the leading role in the BBC adaptation of McEwan’s 1987 novel The Child in Time. Read More

Pennywise: 4 Unlikely King Novels that Reference the Clown

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Fans of Stephen King’s work will know how interconnected many of his novels are. The author has created an entire world through his novels and each novel is a part of this Kingverse. With IT back in the cinema this weekend, we’re going to take a look at Pennywise and the other King novels that have nodded to the character.

Pennywise is described as a shapeshifting monster that preys on Derry’s children and humans every three decades, feeding off human fear. Pennywise usually assumes the form of a middle aged man dressed in clown costume, and if you haven’t had enough of King’s scariest clown then here are some of the other novels that connect up.

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