Ben Affleck Appears To Be Playing Himself In The Emotional Trailer For ‘The Way Back’

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Let’s be honest, it’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Ben Affleck, both on and off the big screen.

From the year 2010 to 2015, Affleck was on-top of the world. He directed The Town and Argo. He got cast as Batman. He crushed it in Gone Girl and The Accountant.

However, in the years since, Affleck has struggled with personal issues — he checked himself into rehab to deal with his substance abuse problems — and professional issues, as Justice League was an unmitigated disaster, his next directorial effort Live By Night was not well received, and his Netflix film Triple Frontier was a dud.

But when it comes to a talent as massive as Affleck, a career-revival is always within reach, and it appears that 2020 is going to be the year Affleck gets back on track, starting with his starring role in The Way Back.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle, Warrior, The Accountant), The Way Back sees Affleck starring as Jack Cunningham, “a former basketball star who has lost his wife and family foundation because of an addiction” who “attempts to regain his soul by becoming the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.”

All jokes aside, though, this movie looks legitimately excellent and I’m expecting a tour-de-force performance from Slick Benny in this one.

In addition to Affleck, The Way Back — which is set to be released in theaters in the United States on Friday, March 6 — stars Janina Gavankar, Al Madrigal, Brandon Wilson, Hayes MacArthur, and Rachael Carpani.


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