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Casey Affleck Directing, Starring in Survival Drama ‘Light of My Life’

Casey Affleck will star in and direct the independent survival drama “Light of My Life” from his own script.

Light of My Life” centers on a father and his young daughter who are trapped in the woods. Producers have not yet been set.

Affleck’s “Manchester by the Sea” will screen as a Special Presentation on Sept. 13 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Amazon Studios for $10 millionAmazon is partnering with Roadside Attractions for a theatrical release on Nov. 18.

Affleck is generating awards buzz for his performance as a man returning to his hometown to deal with the death of his older brother and being made guardian of his nephew. Kenneth Lonergan directed with Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler also starring.

Affleck last directed the spoof documentary “I’m Still Here,” which focused on Joaquin Phoenix’s rap career.

He broke through with an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in 2007’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” His most recent credits are “Triple 9” alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, and Kate Winslet; and “The Finest Hours” with Chris Pine and Ben Foster.

Affleck is represented by WME.

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