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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 16, 2008 |

ben-affleck-beard.jpgGood news and bad news on the Ben Affleck front. The good news: He’s lined up to direct a dark, heist-romance called The Town, which he will also rewrite, working from a script by Peter Craig. The film is based on Chuck Hogan’s novel, Prince of Thieves. The bad news: He’s also in negotiations to star.

No, Ben! No.

If anything, Gone Baby Gone taught is one thing: Ben Affleck is a much better writer/director than he is an actor (I know, it doesn’t take much, but still: He’s a great director). The Town involves “a high-tension love triangle between a female bank manager, a longtime thief who stole more than her heart, and an equally smitten FBI agent trying to bust the crook and his gang before they can pull another big job.”

After a fairly long hiatus from acting (save for a small role in Smokin’ Aces), Affleck is also set to star in three upcoming films, including She’s Just Not that Into You (Boo!), State of Play, based on the BBC series (intrigued!) and the next Mike Judge comedy, Extract, the set of which the above photo was taken (H/T Just Jared).

The Bomb in Phantoms, Yo / Dustin Rowles

Industry | September 16, 2008 |

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