Casey Affleck Heads to Jim Thompson Country

Casey Affleck is heading back to the pages of crime fiction.

After garnering praise for his stint as Patrick in Dennis Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone, He will join Jessica Alba will be starring in the new film version of Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me.

Based on a novel by Jim Thompson, the story follows a West Texas sheriff (Affleck) and his downward spiral from a boring small-town cop into a ruthless, sociopathic murderer. Alba plays a prostitute.

The book has already made it to the big screen once, in 1976, with Stacy Keach in the lead role.

Robert Weinback and John Curran handled the screenplay for this version.

There are conflicting reports on exactly who will direct, but the plan is to start production in January.