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How does one top an Oscar? Well, this year’s Academy Award-winning lead actor Casey Affleck is rounding off a successful year with his first ever TV role.

According to Deadline, the Manchester by the Sea star has added a TV series directed by the visionary filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón to his slate, making him the latest Hollywood A-lister to move from big to small screen.

Casey’s slate was already bulging, of course, thanks to the prestige of his big win earlier this year. Up next for him are roles in The Old Man and the Gun alongside Robert Redford; Light of My Life, which he also wrote and directed; and the lead role in Stoner, the adaptation of John Williams‘ cult novel.

And having wowed audiences with his performances in The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford and Gone Baby Gone, directed by brother Ben Affleck, this new project will be the first time the Oscar winner has acted on TV.

Not much is known about the show, apart from the fact it’s a horror and apparently tracks the origins of a cult. That sounds particularly well-suited to Cuarón, whose films include Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Children of Men, as well as his most recent multiple award-winning feature, Gravity.

The as-yet untitled horror project is currently being pitched to networks, cable outlets and streaming services, with Cuarón writing, directing and executive producing, while Affleck will star and produce.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.