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Despite his lofty position in the DC Cinematic Universe, Ben Affleck does indeed have time to work on projects that don't require a cape or vigilante justice. Just take this trailer for The Accountant as an example, as he plays a math genius who has a taste for accounting... and vigilante justice. We swear, despite the joke we've just made, you're in for a hell of a ride.
Thanks to Warner Bros, the trailer went out on YouTube this evening, and the rest is history. Affleck plays Christian Wolff, a "math savant" who basically takes his career as a CPA and turns it into a lucrative service for enterprising criminal organizations. At least, he did until he stumbled upon a dirty robotics company that has him and Anna Kendrick putting together a financial puzzle, and eventually running for their lives. Rounding out The Accountant's impressive cast is Jon Bernthal, J.K. Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, and John Lithgow.
In the mix of repetitive imagery, evolving storylines, and Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place," The Accountant slowly amps up the dread felt by the audience. The noise still crescendos to a mildly ear-splitting tone that most other films would cap off their trailers with, but the choice to end it all with the repeating drumming of Ben Affleck's fingers makes for a nice touch. One would hope that Gavin O'Connor's direction of the film is being reflected in this choice, as the financial drama looks like it'll balance gunshots with tax returns in proper fashion. Then again, this is a very limited tease at the events of The Accountant, so anything can happen between now and the next trailer.
The Accountant looks like one of those Ben Affleck movies that the man himself could have directed, had he not already been busy with playing Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or directing his second Dennis Lehane adaptation, Live By Night. Scheduling aside, the partnership between Ben Affleck and Warner Bros looks like it's a most fruitful one, as this film looks like a cross between a detective novel and a financial thriller. If there were a way we could see this one tomorrow, we'd already be ordering tickets.
The Accountant is going to audit some very bad people on October 14th.