British filmmaker Joe Wright (‘Hanna,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Atonement’) is set to take director’s chair for ‘Stoner,’ an adaptation of the John Williams novel that has Casey Affleck (‘Manchester by the Sea’) attached to star.

Per Variety, the follows the life of “William Stoner, a dirt-poor farmer turned academic, who emerges as an unlikely existential hero while making his way through the first half of the 20th Century.”

Andrew Bovell is on board to adapt the script, with Jason Blum and his Blumhouse banner producing. Ethan Hawke will serve as an executive producer, while Charles S. Cohen and Film4’s Daniel Battsek co-produce.

Wright’s latest, the Winston Churchill biopic ‘Darkest Hour’ starring Gary Oldman, lands in Irish cinemas January 12th.