Even on top of all of the different directions he seems to be operating in throughout Hollywood, it sounds like Ben Affleck is getting his next starring role lined up in a film that’s been kicking around town for the last several years, and looks to finally be headed toward active production. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck is being courted to star in The Accountant, a film which now resides at Warner Bros. from a script by writer Bill Dubuque (The Judge). The project’s director is also being currently sought out, with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) being the name that continuously seems to come to the top of the list.
Dubuque’s script, which appeared on the 2011 Black List, is an action-thriller that tells the story of an accountant that leads a double life as an assassin. According to the THR report, the script first spent time under the Sony Pictures banner before being acquired by Warner Bros. Over the course of its lifespan, big Hollywood names like Mel Gibson, the Coen brothers, and Will Smith have all been connected to it at different points.
If Affleck does end up taking the lead in The Accountant, it will already add to a significant number of projects that the actor-director has in the pipeline: he appears in David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl releasing this week. His next directorial project, Live by Night (an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel), starts shooting next summer for an October 2016 release. And, of course, Ben Affleck will be the next actor to embody DC Comics icon Bruce Wayne/Batman in March 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a direct sequel to last year’s Man of Steel, to be directed by Zack Snyder.
For more details on The Accountant as they happen, be sure to keep your eye on GeekNation!
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