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.
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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