Now that the fervor has mostly calmed down about Ben Affleck playing Batman, it's a good time to look at the films he actually has coming out this year. The dark knight will be teaming up with the voice of Boo-Boo aka Justin Timberlake for Runner Runner, an online gambling thriller looks like it could either be a dark horse this Oscar season, or a forgettable entry on everyone's resume.
A new trailer for the film has been released, and unfortunately it plays like more of the latter than the former. Affleck plays the head goon at an online gambling outfit that screws a college student (Timberlake) out of tuition. When the kid comes looking for answers, he's instead offered a job and begins to experience just how seedy the operation is from the inside. While this looks potentially corny and maybe even terrible, there's reason for optimism with Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) directing, plus a script by Rounders scribes Brian Koppelman & David Levien.
Co-starring Gemma Arterton and Anthony Mackie, Runner Runner shows its hand on October 4th.