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Ben Affleck & Justin Timberlake Go Online Gambling In 'Runner, Runner'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 13, 2012 11:46 PM
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Ben Affleck Justin Timberlake

After playing Napster guru Sean Parker in David Fincher's "The Social Network," it looks like Justin Timberlake is getting ready to go back online, only this time the roll of the dice will be for something other than MP3s.

Variety reports that Timberlake and Ben Affleck will star in the thriller "Runner, Runner" with "The Lincoln Lawyer" helmer Brad Furman to direct. Exact story and character details are not forthcoming just yet, but it will be set in the high stakes world of illegal online gambling. The script comes from writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman, no strangers to playing the odds. The duo wrote "Rounders" which also looked at gambling from another angle, but a lot has changed since 1998 when that film hit theaters. Online gambling has made it possible for almost anyone with an internet connection and some money to spend to make millions all while wearing jogging pants and devouring Cheetos.

It's a tantalizing project, though it remains to be seen when it will roll in front of cameras. Affleck will likely be in post/doing press for "Argo" as it heads into theaters this fall. Meanwhile, Timberlake is going back-to-back on the Coen Brothers "Inside Llewyn Davis" and is shooting "Trouble With The Curve" with Clint Eastwood this spring. Of everybody, Furman seems the most open with only a Pablo Escobar biopic brewing in the background. But hell, getting Affleck, Timberlake, Levien and Koppelman together is not a bad start at all. Furman directed a decent potboiler in 'Lawyer,' and this seems like another thriller that could be a cut above. Here's hoping it pulls together soon.

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  • Emily | April 14, 2012 6:12 PMReply

    Justin Timberlake as an actor has really surprised me. I hope he surprises me yet again in this film.

    I also read this story here:

  • dave | April 14, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    It's apparently really cool to hate Justin Timberlake. I mean, he was once in a boy band! Fuck boy bands, right? Yeah!

  • ĐASTINCUNT | April 14, 2012 9:21 AMReply

    I'm one of those who are willing to give actors a chance to prove themselfs, i wont go saying someone sucks because he was in a boy band or something similiar, or simply because i don't like the guy. So yeah, i saw the social network and justin was surprisingly good but then came friends with benefits and in time and he was obvi the weakest thing in both movies, there was no emotion shown ( In Time when he cries, remember that scene ? that was effin laughable) and he was straight up bad and i was like gtfo i dont want to see this douche ever acting again. I certainly dont mind weak actors being in weak movies. And then some time later he was confirmed for a movie with Coen bros and that shit broke my heart.

  • a | April 14, 2012 9:49 AM

    Remember when Tom Cruise cried in Magnolia?

  • Alex | April 14, 2012 7:45 AMReply

    @kevin production will begin in June.
    @haters Coen bros, David Fincher and Clint Eastwood think Justin Timberlake can act. You're entitled to your own opinion, I'd rather listen to them since, you know, they're AMAZING filmmakers. Thanks!

  • a | April 14, 2012 4:12 PM

    "when there are so many other actors who are arguably more talented, I wonder why JT is the first one to get a call." Because he was a better fit for the part than those other arguably more talented actors? Who do you think Fincher should have cast instead? Casting isn't remotely as simple as "the most all-around talented person gets the role." And luck obviously plays a part. If Timberlake hadn't been in TSN, who knows if the Coens would consider putting him in their movie.

  • Oogle monster | April 14, 2012 3:08 PM

    @The Two A's- We clearly check different boxes on the "Do you think J.T is a good actor?" survey. I think he plays the same character in pretty much every movie. I thought he was fine in TSN but it's been more or less the same old schtick in every other film (but much less compelling) i.e. Bad Teacher, FWB, Open Road and In Time. None of us can speak about his performance (s) in the Coen bros and Eastwood film... yet... so, lets not go there. I think he's a decent actor when he wants to be (i.e. TSN and SNL) but like someone mentioned below, when there are so many other actors who are arguably more talented, I wonder why JT is the first one to get a call. But after all, that IS the curious case of Hollywood....

  • Alex | April 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    @Oogle monster yeah man, it's a conspiration. First Cassavetes miscasted him. Critics liked JT's performance but hey, WTH do they know? Then fincher went and BOOM, another mistake but almost no one noticed because the oscars and shit. Then the Coen bros said " it's too short, who cares?" and finally Clint Eastwood was looking for a golf buddy and thought JT would be funny, so he gave him a small part in his new movie. And we have FOUR consecutive amazing mistakes, wooo...Human nature. Let's forgive them. Or call Obama just in know...conspiration. lol.

  • a | April 14, 2012 12:33 PM

    Oogle Monster, name one time the Coens have miscast an actor. (Oh and according to the overwhelmingly positive reviews, Fincher made the right choice)

  • Oogle monster | April 14, 2012 11:59 AM

    Because amazing filmmakers in the history of film-making have never miscasted before?? Riiiiiiiight.

  • Sugar Hill | April 14, 2012 7:28 AMReply

    Genuine chops and screen presence? He's an on-screen vacuum of mediocrity.

  • Yaya | April 14, 2012 6:03 AMReply

    When will Hollywood admit that Justin cannot act. Yes, he did good in Social Network and is funny on SNL, but that's it. In Time was the worst and he was a big part of it. If Ryan Gosling gave the performance that JT did in In Time, his career would be over. Oh well...

  • KT | April 14, 2012 1:59 AMReply

    Timberlake's still acting? Make it stop.

  • Akon | April 13, 2012 11:54 PMReply

    Who keeps telling Timberlake he's a good actor and worse, why is he getting so many roles when there are so many other deserving candidates?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AKON | April 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    Huffy- you're making a lot of bold ASSumptions there. Who said I'm looking at him as the guy from NSYNC?! Nope, never said that. I don't need to agree with you... it's called a difference of opinion. I don't think he's a good actor and I certainly have a pulse... or else, typing this would have been a little hard. So kindly stfu and go troll another website.

  • Huffy | April 14, 2012 5:46 AM

    Because the Coen brothers liked him better than those other actors. I think I'll trust them here. Get your head out of your ass and stop looking at him as the guy from NSYNC. Anyone with a pulse whose seen the Social Network should be able to recognize that there's genuine chops and screen presence there.

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