Affleck, who previously directed Phoenix in the 2010 documentary I’m Still Here, will make his narrative directorial debut on the project. Affleck is also producing Far Bright Star with John Powers Middleton, which will be the first film under their banner, The Affleck/Middleton Project.
Far Bright Star follows an aging cavalryman (Phoenix), who leads a group of young men on the hunt for legendary Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. After his crew is attacked and most of his men are killed, he’s left stranded in the desert in a struggle for survival.
Regarding the project, Affleck said, “This is a beautifully written story on pain and loss and the drive and resilience one finds within themselves to continue through the day.” Damien Ober scripted the period drama.
Affleck next appears in the Chris Pine-led coast guard pic The Finest Hours, while Phoenix most recently starred opposite Emma Stone in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man.
Phoenix and Affleck are both repped by WME.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor