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Actor Tommy Lee Jones arrives for the Universal Pictures movie premiere of 'Jason Bourne' at Caesars Palace hotel-casino in Las Vegas July 18, 2016. — Reuters pic Actor Tommy Lee Jones arrives for the Universal Pictures movie premiere of 'Jason Bourne' at Caesars Palace hotel-casino in Las Vegas July 18, 2016. — Reuters pic LOS ANGELES, Oct 12 — The Men in Black actor has signed up for serious drama Stoner opposite fellow Oscar winner Casey Affleck in a story about an unassuming farm boy who becomes a university professor.

Best known for his turns as Ed in No Country for Old Men and special agent Kay in Men in Black, Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones has accepted a principal role in Joe Wright's Stoner.

The movie is an adaptation of a 1965 John Williams novel which follows the life, loves, and career highs and lows of William Stoner, a farmer's son who ends up becoming a literature professor.

Few things turn out the way one might expect over the course of Stoner's life, with the lead character already assigned to Casey Affleck.

Affleck won 2017's best actor Oscar for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, after being nominated for a best supporting actor award the decade before.

TLJ's win came for his supporting role in Harrison Ford thriller The Fugitive, picking up nominations for two presidential dramas, JFK and Lincoln, as well as Paul Haggis's crime drama In the Valley of Elah.

Though Jones' character wasn't announced in conjunction with his casting in The Hollywood Reporter, the book's plot suggests that he could become Stoner's academic mentor, Archer Sloane, or perhaps career rival and management superior Hollis Lomax.

Director Joe Wright steered Atonement, Pride & Prejudice, Hanna and Anna Karenina, the former nominated for a Golden Globe, and three of which were adapted from novels just as Stoner will be.

Affleck has episodic 19th century American exploration story Lewis and Clark," crime comedy Old Man and the Gun, and self-written, self-directed survival drama Light of My Life on his upcoming slate; Tommy Lee Jones is in sci-fi thriller Ad Astra with Donald Sutherland and Brad Pitt, as well as Morgan Freeman and Rene Russo action comedy Just Getting Started. — AFP-Relaxnews

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