Thursday, May 19, 2016

First trailer for Ben Affleck's 'The Accountant' previews intriguing thriller

When Ben Affleck was first cast as Batman in Warner Bros.' newly minted DC Cinematic Universe back in 2013, my reaction was one of anger. But I wasn't angry for the same reason that most fans were. Comic book fans didn't believe that Affleck had the right skill set to play Bruce Wayne, and there was a resounding cry when his casting was announced. Meanwhile, I was let down because I knew that it meant that we would be getting fewer Ben Affleck movies for the next few years. In August 2013, Affleck's next project was set to be an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live by Night, one of the most captivating crime novels I've ever read. There were a few other projects on his radar, and after the Oscar-winning success of Argo, Affleck's career had seemed to be on the right track. And frankly, a trip back to the land of blockbusters and superheroes seemed like an awful idea.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice landed with a booming thud earlier this year, putting added pressure on Warner Bros. to make their franchise better. Affleck is taking a leading role in the DCCU, putting his non-comic book projects in jeopardy. However, the multi-hyphenate has still managed to sneak in a few other movies in between Batman entries. Live by Night will finally hit theaters on October 20, 2017, but first, Affleck will star in Gavin O'Connor's The Accountant. The first trailer for the thriller hit the web last week, check it out below!

This looks like one wild ride. It's an incredibly well-cut trailer, one measured on precision and an intensity that consistently builds throughout the brief clip. And plus- the premise itself is inherently interesting. Affleck appears to play a mathematical and technological savant of some sorts, who also happens to be an assassin with brutal skills. That's a unique and fascinating concept, and I can see it translating really well to the big screen. The supporting cast is phenomenal as well, with J.K. Simmons, Anna Kendrick, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow leading the way. Overall, The Accountant looks like a razor sharp thriller, and one that could be a major Oscar player if it connects in the right way.

The Accountant is directed by Gavin O'Connor and will debut on October 14, 2016.

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