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