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The Accountant trailer: Ben Affleck as a superhero/hitman? Sign us up

Between his work as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, his directorial follow-up to Argo with period crime drama Live By Night and his return as Batman in Justice League, Ben Affleck squeezed in a starring role in The Accountant.

hollywood Updated: May 13, 2016 15:51 IST
HT Correspondent
The Accountant

Ready for another origin story?

Ben Affleck is a busy man. And we’re just talking professionally. Between his work as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, his directorial follow-up to Argo with period crime drama Live By Night and his return as Batman in Justice League, Affleck squeezed in a starring role in The Accountant. Here’s the first trailer.

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Watch the trailer here

This is a really well-cut trailer, scored to Radiohead. It introduces us to Affleck’s character who works as an accountant by day, but moonlights as a hitman. Flashbacks take us back to his childhood, his concerned parents pleading a psychiatrist for any kind of answer for his strange behaviour. “Your son is a remarkable young man. It wouldn’t surprise me if he has more in common with Einstein, Mozart and Picasso than he has with us,” is what he says.

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It plays almost like a superhero origin story, especially when the father sits a young Affleck down in a car and says “You’re different. And sooner or later difference scares people. You think if you don’t fight back, they’ll like you, stop picking on you, calling you a freak. Victim or not, make a decision.”

Just like its protagonist, The Accountant looks like a different kind of hitman film. It comes from Gavin O’Connor, who directed Warrior and also stars high-pedigree actors Anna Kendrick JK Simmons, Jon Bernthal and Jon Lithgow. Look for it to arrive in theatres in October.

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