Scott Cooper to replace Ben Affleck for `The Stand`

Last Updated: Aug 25, 2013, 11:25 AM IST

Los Angeles:`Crazy Heart` helmer Scott Cooper is replacing Ben Affleck for the movie adaptation of Stephen King`s `The Stand`.

Cooper is in talks to rewrite and direct The Stand`.

`Argo` actor-director has been forced to exit from the movie due to a busy schedule that includes his newly announced role of Batman in Zack Snyder`s `Man of Steel` follow-up for Warner Bros.

Cooper recently wrapped up Christian Bale starrer `Out of Furnace`, which releases this December.

Published in 1978, King post-apocalyptic novel takes place after a virus has killed most of the American population. The epic novel chronicles the battle between good and evil as it concerns dozens of survivors.

Cooper, whose `Crazy Heart` helped Jeff Bridges bag the Best Actor Oscar, is also working on "Creek" for Leonardo DiCaprio`s Appian Way banner.