Ben Af­fleck’s next is a po­lit­i­cal thriller

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Ben Af­fleck has joined the cast of The Last Thing He Wanted, an adap­ta­tion of Joan Did­ion’s book for a stream­ing plat­form.

Os­car-nom­i­nated film­maker Dee Rees, who di­rected Mud­bound (2017), has been roped in to helm the pro­ject. Rees, along with Marco Vil­lalo­bos, has adapted the script from Did­ion’s 1996 po­lit­i­cal thriller.

The cast also in­cludes Anne Hath­away, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Willem Dafoe, Mel Ro­driguez. and Toby Jones.

The story fol­lows hard­scrab­ble jour­nal­ist Elena McMa­hon (played by Hath­away) who finds her­self on dan­ger­ous ground as the Iran Con­tra Af­fair’s arms for drugs plot reaches its tip­ping point.

The pro­ject will be pro­duced by Rees along­side Cas­sian El­wes. The two ear­lier worked to­gether on Mud­bound, which went to re­ceive mul­ti­ple nom­i­na­tions at sev­eral awards.

Af­fleck was last seen play­ing the role of Bruce Wayne/Bat­man in Jus­tice League (2017).

PHOTO: AL­FREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

Other po­lit­i­cal thrillers in Ben Af­fleck’s fil­mog­ra­phy in­clude State of Play (2009) and Argo (2012)

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