Period pic based on Tom Epperson novel

Casey Affleck is attached to star in period noir drama “The Kind One,” based on the just-published novel by Tom Epperson.

Film will reunite Affleck with “Gone Baby Gone” producer Sean Bailey, who is producing through his new Disney-based Idealogyshingle.

Story, set in the 1930s Los Angeles, centers on an amnesiac (Affleck) who finds himself working for a mobster — a sadistic killer given the nickname “the Kind One” — and falling in love with the thug’s girlfriend.

Epperson will adapt his novel when the WGA strike is over.

Last year saw Affleck star in “Gone Baby Gone,” and he had a supporting turn in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” receiving an Oscar nomination for the latter.

Epperson frequent collaborates with his boyhood friend Billy Bob Thornton. They co-wrote the screenplays for “One False Move,” “A Family Thing” and “The Gift.” “The Kind One,” which marks his literary debut, was published Jan. 22 by Five Star.

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