Affleck to replace Norton in Play

Credit: Hollywood Reporter

The casting carousel continues for the Kevin Macdonald-directed drama State of Play as Edward Norton has stepped down from the Universal/Working Title project and been replaced by Ben Affleck.

Less than a month ago Brad Pitt exited the project because of script concerns; Russell Crowe quickly stepped in to replace Pitt, and the production start date was pushed from November to January. This change caused scheduling conflicts for Norton, however, who is set to produce and star in the indie comedy Leaves of Grass, which is being directed by Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother Where Art Thou?.

Affleck has now stepped in to take over Norton’s role of an ambitious politician who finds himself engrossed in a murder conspiracy. Crowe plays a politico-turned-journalist investigating the story. The cast also includes Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, and Jason Bateman.

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