New Regency thriller to be directed by Brad Furman

New Regency has tapped Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake to star in newly acquired project “Runner, Runner.” The dramatic thriller, penned by “Rounders” writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien, is a set in the world of illegal online gambling. “Lincoln Lawyer” helmer Brad Furman will direct.

Producers include Appian Way’sLeonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Double Feature’s Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Stone Village Pictures’ Scott Steindorff and Koppelman and Levien.

Stone Village will co-finance the project while 20th Century Fox will distribute. Appian Way originally developed the project at Paramount, which just recently sold it to Regency.

Timberlake, who recently starred in New Regency’s “In Time” opposite Amanda Seyfried, is set to join the pic while Affleck is in final negotiations.

Affleck directed and stars in “Argo,” which Warner Bros. will unspool in September.

Eric Roth, New Regency’s exec VP of business affairs, negotiated the deals with LBI Entertainment on behalf of Appian Way. CAA negotiated on behalf of Furman.

LBI, Ziffren, Brittenham and WME rep Timberlake. WME also reps Affleck. Koppelman and Levien are repped by CAA and Karl Austen of Jackoway, Tyerman.

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