Agatha Christie’s short story and play, WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION is set to hit the big screen with Ben Affleck attached to direct and star. This marks the second movie adaptation of Christie’s story. The first iteration was made in 1957 and was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton.
The original earned six Oscar nominations and told the story about a lawyer (Laughton) who represents Leonard (Power), a man who is accused of murdering a Mrs. French, a wealthy, older widow who became so obsessed with him that she left him her estate upon her death. Leonard’s wife (Dietrich) is unable to testify against her husband, but when it is revealed she was married to another man when she wed Leonard, she ends up testifying that he admitted to killing Mrs. French. This results in the twists and turns of an unpredictable Christie mystery.
Christopher Keyser is set to write the adaptation. Affleck will produce alongside Jennifer Todd, Matt Damon, and the Agatha Christie estate.
Affleck recently reprised his role as Batman in Suicide Squad. He will don the cape and cowl again for Justice League, which he is currently shooting. He can be seen next in the thriller The Accountant opposite Anna Kendrick and Live by Night which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in.
He is repped by WME.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by Deadline.