Ben Affleck In Talks to Star in ‘The Accountant’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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WB picked up the assassin thriller out of turnaround from Sony

Ben Affleck may have found his next bigscreen role.

Sources tell Variety that the “Gone Girl” and “Batman v Superman” actor is in negotiations to star in action thriller “The Accountant” for Warner Bros.

Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) is said to be WB’s top choice to direct the film, although no offer has been made.

Based on an original script by Bill Dubuque, “The Accountant” centers on a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin.

The project had been in development limbo for years, most recently at Sony, with Will Smith once attached to the project, but was eventually put into turnaround after the studio could not assemble the right package. WB originally had rights to “The Accountant” with Mel Gibson attached to direct. Insiders tell Variety Affleck recently caught wind of the project and thought it would be a nice change of pace before directing “Live By Night,” which will not begin filming until July.

Mark Williams and Lynette Howell are producing the film. Drew Crevello and Jon Gonda will oversee for Warner Bros.

The role gives the multi-hyphenate another gritty role to sink his teeth into following his rave reviews in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” which opens Friday.

Affleck will head back to Detroit to resume filming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” once he finishes campaigning for “Gone Girl.”

He is repped by WME.

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  1. Thorn says:

    Look forward to movie. I have already worked on sound track. This sound great from my back ground.

  2. Actual Accountant says:

    …because working 90+ hour weeks as an accountant during busy season leaves plenty of time to moonlight as an assassin.

  3. Old Guard says:

    Don’t we have lethal assassins – they are called special revenue agents?

  4. Sharon Coomer says:

    I’ve said it from the beginning and I’ll say it until I stop watching movies, ie:never. Ben Affleck has never and will never be an actor in a leading role, let alone be good at it! He should definitely stay behind the cameras, where he has had some success. He could take some acting lessons from Matt Damon, who is a good actor and friend. But then, Ben is too arrogant to admit his inabilities to act. I will go as far as to say he has done fairly in some movies in a supporting role but that’s as far as I will go.

    • Pretty harsh review Sharon. There are some of us who believe he is a very good actor and can handle the leading role as well as anyone else out there, including Matt Damon. I also find it kind of amusing that you have decided he is too arrogant to admit his inabilities. As just a viewer who has seen him interviewed at Red Sox games, etc. he seems like one of the least arrogant actors I know. I would describe him as down to earth, friendly and unassuming. But then I don’t know him as well as you do Sharon..

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