Timberlake plays Richie, a Princeton graduate student in the inspired-by-true-events "Runner, Runner." Richie’s in need of some quick cash - $60,00 dollars worth – to cover his tuition. He turns to an online poker to raise the money. After losing, Richie discovers the online gambling site is run from Costa Rica, outside U.S. jurisdiction; he travels there to confront its owner, Affleck’s Ivan Block.
At first Ivan charms Richie, dazzling the young man with his lifestyle and grooming him as his right-hand man. But the dynamics of their relationship soon change. Not only does Richie learn the truth about Ivan, but the FBI attempts to use Richie to get to Ivan.
Viewers should be aware, that the latest “Runner, Runner” trailer, as with previous trailers, reveals what can be considered spoilers for the movie’s plot points.
The “Runner, Runner” trailer briefly sets up this scenario, immediately focusing on the relationship between Richie and Ivan. The “perfect partnership” is predictable – a naive young man tempted by money, materialism and power wielded by the charming older man who mentors him – as is the dark underbelly of the world Richie discovers. Timberlake, of course, employs his now-familiar, wide-eyed look of disbelief.
Still, the trailer offers a glimpse at the easy chemistry between Timberlake and Affleck, and the film promises audiences the chance to see Affleck swagger, bigger-than-life, as big baddie Ivan. Affleck appears to embrace the darkness of the role, which also might bode well for the actor's upcoming stint as Batman.
In addition to Timberlake and Affleck, "Runner, Runner" stars Gemma Arterton, Oliver Cooper, Anthony Mackie and Ben Schwartz.
“Runner, Runner” will be released to movie theaters Oct. 4.