Most of Ben Affleck’s recent jobs (and a couple of the possibilities he’s considering even now) have involved him directing as well as acting. But if Warner Bros. has its way, he’ll step back in front of the camera without calling the shots for political comedy Nathan Decker.
Warners picked up the script – written by Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Dan Fogelman – last year for $2 million. Back then, it didn’t have a title, but it did have Tom Cruise interested in starring. He’s since moved on to other things (and is busy shooting sci-fi thriller Oblivion right now) and Affleck is the studio’s next target.
If he does end up starring, he’ll play a politician caught up in an affair that sees his carefully orchestrated life suddenly in tatters. Looking to lie low until the dust settles, he returns to his hometown to see old friends, repair broken relationships and confront his past demons.
For his part, Affleck is also fairly busy, running his latest directorial job, Argo (another Warners pic), through the post-production car wash ready for an October 12 release over here. He’s also attached to direct Stephen King adaptation The Stand, though there’s a chance he might put Nathan Decker into his schedule as a breather between megaphone jobs.
Fogelman, who worked on Tangled and Cars 2, is also behind the script for The Guilt Trip, which features Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand and will drive onto our screens on January 25 next year.