Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix Set to Reunite For New Western ‘Far Bright Star’

By November 18, 2015
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All in all, I don’t think that I’m Still Here worked out for Joaquin Phoenix or Casey Affleck like they probably hoped. The fake documentary chronicled Phoenix’s fake transition from actor to rapper, and while it made headlines for a while, it didn’t really do much more than that. Ever since, both Affleck and Phoenix have gone on into completely new phases of their careers, with the latter continuing to prove himself as one of the best actors to appear on the silver screen.

Phoenix has become notoriously picky of the projects he signs on for too, with his most recent work including Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Inherent Vice, Spike Jonze’s Her, and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, with the latter of which being the weakest project he’s made in years surprisingly enough. However, he seems to like working with the same directors and actors, and it looks like he and Affleck are about to reunite for the first time since I’m Still Here‘s release in 2010.

According to a new report by THR, Phoenix and Affleck will reunite on the upcoming adaptation of Robert Olmstead’s 2009 Western novel, Far Bright Star. The film will mark Affleck’s narrative directorial debut, with Phoenix set to star. Here’s the official synopsis of Olmstead’s novel:

“In 1916, the aging Napoleon Childs assembles a cavalry to search for the elusive bandit Pancho Villa in Mexico. The ragtag group includes Napoleon’s brother, Xenophon, and America’s eager export of losers, deadbeats, cutthroats, dilettantes, and murderers. Riding on horseback for months at a time, Napoleon finds himself and his men always just a few hours behind Villa, whose posse navigates the unforgiving terrain with ease. When a band of marauders descend upon the group, many of Napoleon’s men are brutally slaughtered and Napoleon himself is left beaten and emotionally broken. After the attack, Napoleon proclaims to his brother that the person he was died out there. But this revelation doesn’t last long, and soon Napoleon sets out on yet another date with destiny on the open plains with his followers.”

Phoenix will play Napoleon Childs in the film, and I don’t think it would be a huge leap of faith to predict that he’ll knock it out of the park. Even in the movies that aren’t great, Phoenix always seems to find a way to be best part about them. While Affleck’s directing of I’m Still Here was nothing incredibly substantial either, it will be interesting to see how he handles taking on a period piece like this, but with Phoenix already set as the lead, he’s off to a good start.

This comes along with a small number of other titles in Hollywood right now trying to bring the Western genre back to the heights it once was. With this year’s Slow West already proving to be one of the most interesting additions to the genre in years too, and hopefully this year’s The Hateful Eight and The Revenant set to make big impacts with their theatrical releases, the genre may again be entering into a small resurgence, depending on their success of course. It looks like we can add Far Bright Star to that list now too.

Far Bright Star is currently in development.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable