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'The Stand' Gets New Director as Ben Affleck Returns to Passable Acting

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As you've no doubt realized by now, the internet is totally flipping out over the news that Ben Affleck is officially not directing Stephen King's The Stand anymore. Hey, calm down, everyone! It's going to be alright, as Warner Bros. and CBS Films have already found someone new to take over the planned trilogy. Now Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper has reportedly entered talks to rewrite and direct the post-apocalyptic epic.

Cooper's sophomore effort, the upcoming thriller Out of the Furnace, scored an impressive lineup that includes Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, and Zoe Saldana, and it's hoped he'll be able to attract some similarly-big names for the swollen cast of The Stand. Sadly, Ben Affleck will not be available to play "The Rat Man," as he'll be busy playing The Bat Man. Had you heard that yet?

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