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Casey Affleck & Andrew Dominik Reuniting for a Crime Movie

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September 18, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

It seems that The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is becoming its own cult classic, mainly because it's such a fantastic movie that cinephiles are slowly discovering on their own and adding to their favorites. I saw it when it was originally released and loved it, but I knew not many other people would even see it. I've been waiting to see what director Andrew Dominik would end up doing next, as he hasn't shot anything since, and word is that it may be a new project that will have him reteaming with actor Casey Affleck, who played Robert Ford, again. Anyone who's seen Jesse James knows this is very exciting news.

Dominik's first film was the Eric Bana crime flick Chopper, then he shot The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2005, but hasn't been able to move forward with anything since. The Playlist first picked up on a mention in the NY Times' big Joaquin Phoenix piece stating that Affleck "will return to acting for a while, probably in a film for Andrew Dominik." But it wasn't until they found another interview with Casey on CBS Radio 106.7 (via FSR) that they had confirmation the two would indeed be reteaming, plus a few minor details on the project and what we can expect. Here's his quote from the radio interview:

"In January, I'm going to be doing a movie with Andrew Dominik again," he revealed. "I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about it but it's a Boston-based crime -- it's a novel that was set in Boston that's not going to be set in Boston unfortunately. But it's a novel that was set in Boston, it's a great novel and his got a great take on it. There's a lot of good people in it, it's going to be a great movie."

It sounds like there's a lot we don't know about this project yet. In public, Dominik has only been attached to a Marilyn Monroe flick called Blonde with Naomi Watts, but if Affleck says he's shooting a crime drama in January, that must be delayed. I can't think of any Boston-set crime novels that have been optioned in the last few years, but maybe I'm just blanking, as the name is probably out there and we just have to make the connection. Anyway, I thought Casey Affleck's performance in The Assassination of Jesse James was one of the best of the decade and I'm excited to see these two work together again, as I'm sure it'll be amazing. And although I enjoyed I'm Still Here, I'm also looking forward to seeing Casey in front of the camera once again.

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  • Xerxex
    I'm in, Dominik did an amazing job with the Assassination of Jesse James, and Affleck was great as Ford. Seeing these two team up again is awesome.
  • ian kuah
    I'm surprised that Jesse James didn't do well. It seems like forever since I saw it. I guess I figured it did alright since I really enjoyed it. I'm glad to hear this new news though.
  • Daniel felts
    Jesse James was so underrated. I can't wait to see this new crime movie. Both Afflecks are really good actors.
  • Jenna
    I saw "The Assassination of Jesse James" when it came out, and I was floored. It's fantastic, though it is now hard for me to see Casey Affleck in anything and not think of the super creepy Bob Ford. Eeeeesh. Heard there was an extended 6hour version played at Cannes the year it came out, though I have not yet seen it. Curious what they would put in 6 hours. Must be a very different kind of film. Excited to see what Andrew Dominik does next.
  • merengo
    Casey Affleck did a Boston-based crime movie in the past. It was Gone Baby Gone directed by his brother Ben Affleck from the Dennis Lehane novel - and it was an excellent movie too with superb acting from Casey. Maybe they will apadt another Lehane novel? It'd be great!

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