According to THR, the Fox Searchlight romantic comedy will be directed by Alex Holdridge, a writing, directing and acting triple threat with a short list of credits, none of which I'm too familiar with. His 2008 film In Search of a Midnight Kiss is rocking a 84% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics praising his ability to convey the relationship between his leads, something that will come in handy when working on The F-Word.
Elan Mastai's script is based on T.J. Sawe and Michael Rinaldi's play Cigars and Toothpaste about a man and woman who run the risk of ruining their friendship at the expense of their romantic feelings for one another. With films like Alone in the Dark on Mastai's resume, it's easy to lose all hope for The F-Word, but it currently sits at #12 on ScriptShadow's list being described as a piece with "a thin premise, but it's the execution that sets this apart from all the other clones." You can actually click here to take a look at the full script for yourself.
As for Affleck, I'm all for him doing a little comedy. God knows he needs some himself after The Killer Inside Me. He's not really a laugh-out-loud kind of guy, but going back to Ocean's Eleven, exemplifies the kind of quirky unassuming humor we see in actors like Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg.
So far so good, but should Affleck commit, the last piece to this puzzle is detrimental, his co-star. I highly doubt this would ever happen, but should a Katherine Heigl-type get the role, that might be the end of all interest in this one. Even opting for someone like Zooey Deschanel might warrant a backlash. (500) Days of Summer is fantastic, but we all know that one belongs to Joseph Gordon-Levitt. How about Krysten Ritter? Unfortunately she's suffered from a series of weak roles like in She's Out of My League and Confessions of a Shopaholic, but the combination of Affleck's soft-spoken nature and her more blunt humor could make for an interesting pairing.
What do you think? Is she the right actress for the role or would you go for someone else?