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Ben Affleck is temporarily putting away his cape and cowl and picking up a legal pad.
Deadline broke news on Friday that the two-time Oscar-winner will direct and star in Witness for the Prosecution for 20th Century Fox.
It’s unclear as of this writing which role Affleck will play in the movie, but the story centers on a murder trial in which a lawyer defends a man accused of killing a wealthy widow, who was set to bequeath him her massive estate.
Based on a short story by Agatha Christie, Witness for the Prosecution was previously adapted for the Big Screen in 1957. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton, the film earned six Academy Awards nominations including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture.
Following an up-and-down acting career in the 1990's and early 2000's, Affleck directed his first feature film, Gone Baby Gone, to great acclaim in 2007. He followed that picture with another critical success, The Town, in 2010 and he hit his professional peak in 2013 when Argo won Best Picture of the year at the Academy Awards, earning the 44-year-old an Oscar for producing.
Affleck continued his prestigious work in David Fincher’s Gone Girl in 2014 before detouring to the superhero realm with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this year. He’s attached to direct and star in a Batman reboot for DC and Warner Bros.
Before helming Witness for the Prosecution, Affleck’s next directorial turn comes with Live by Night on January 13, 2017, and he next appears on the big screen in The Accountant, which opens on October 14.