By Travis Martin
While he is working on his fourth directing outing “Live by Night” and his standalone Batman film, Ben Affleck has been hired for another film. 20th Century Fox has hired Affleck to direct and star in the remake of “Witness for the Prosecution.” It was originally a short story by Agatha Christie that was later adapted into a movie in 1957. Billy Wilder wrote and directed the film, which starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton.
In the story, veteran British barrister Sir Wilfrid Roberts (Laughton) is hired to defend Leonard Vole (Power), a man accused of murdering a rich socialite widow that left him her entire estate. However, as Roberts digs deeper into Vole and his wife Christine (Dietrich), he finds more surprises then he is prepared for.
It is unknown what role Affleck will play in the film. Christopher Keyser is writing the script, while Affleck, Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon, and members of the Agatha Christie estate are producing. “Witness for the Prosecution” currently has no production or release date scheduled.