Hall and Hamm Join Affleck’s ‘The Town’


Rebecca Hall was fantastic in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona last year, so much so I gave her my Best Actress award in the 2008 RopeofSilicon Awards and Jon Hamm has drawn a lot of attention to himself for his work on the hit TV series “Mad Men,” which returns for a third season on August 16. I mention these two, because they have both joined The Town for Ben Affleck who will star as well as direct the feature he rewrote from an original draft by Peter Craig and Chuck Hogan.

The film is an adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel “Prince of Thieves” and will star Affleck as a bank robber who becomes smitten with the teller (Hall) of a bank he held up. She makes him want to go straight, but she is also the FBI’s golden ticket to catching Boston’s most wanted bank robber. Hamm plays the FBI agent who also becomes infatuated with the bank employee.

Affleck will be returning to Boston to shoot the film next month, which is where he made his directorial debut on the excellent Gone Baby Gone. Warner Bros. will distribute.