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Ben Affleck May Lead 'The Accountant' Thriller for Warner Bros. Next

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October 1, 2014
Source: Variety

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After directing the Best Picture winning Argo for Warner Bros., it seems like actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck is getting comfortable over there. His next directing gig is supposed to be Live by Night at the studio whenever he's done with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (also at Warner Bros.), and now he's lining up another starring role over there too. Variety reports Affleck is currently in talks to lead the action thriller The Accountant, based on an original script by Bill Dubuque, the man responsible for writing The Judge staring Robert Downey Jr. Warrior director Gavin O'Connor is the studio's top choice to direct too.

The project has been kicking around various studios for years. Sony once had a version in the works with Will Smith, but before that the project was at Warner Bros. to begin with and had Mel Gibson attached to direct. Now Affleck has unearthed it again, but he's only looking to star, apparently as a change of pace for the actor before he head off to direct Live by Night. The film would see Affleck playing mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin. Sounds like a fun action thriller, but we'll see if Affleck ends up taking the role or not. Stay tuned.

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  • OfficialJab
    The ______, featuring ___________ (white male actor) who is secretly a ______ (dangerous criminal career). I'm not good at thinking of examples of clich├ęs on the spot, but this sounds very familiar.
    • Jon Odishaw
      Will Smith was once in talks...
      • OfficialJab
        Didn't fit the equation I guess!
  • DAVIDPD
    Ah Shit...THE ACCOUNTANT??!! Be scared people.
  • Chris Groves
    I think these days Studios are away from seeing films purely as concept driven, and realize that they are filmmaker driven. Back in the day it wasn't as true, but nowadays, people are on board or against a film as soon as they hear what talent they have involved. Ben Affleck has carved out a strong reputation in the last few years, so it's no shock that WB has tried to really lock him up. It will be very interesting to see where Nolan makes his next film. He did the Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception with WB/Legendary when those two still had a partnership. Now they are split. What makes it more interesting is Interstellar has Paramount, WB, and Legendary all involved in some capacity. So I'm sure they are all going to be fighting to be the home of his next film. It'll be interesting to see if he goes to Legendary over at Universal, sticks with Paramount, or sticks with WB.
  • Congrats to Ben!

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