Ben Affleck’s next is a political thriller
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).
Other political thrillers in Ben Affleck’s filmography include State of Play (2009) and Argo (2012)