In the wake of Warner Bros.’ less-than-stellar performance from Justice League and the like, Ben Affleck has been pretty quick to sign on to anything and everything outside of the DCEU. It looks less and less likely by the day that the studio will be doubling down on a second part to Justice League, and it’s now just as unlikely that Affleck will star in the title role of Matt Reeves‘ solo film The Batman, since that script is said to skew towards a younger protagonist. But there’s still a lot of versatility in Affleck and plenty of years left in his career, whether or not he ever dons the cape and cowl again.
THR reports that Affleck will now join Anne Hathaway in The Last Thing He Wanted, Dee Rees‘ follow-up film to Mudbound. That film went on to earn four Oscar nominations, including one for Rees herself, becoming the first African American woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Currently filming in Puerto Rico with an eye on a 2019 release, the Netflix feature also recently added Toby Jones, Rosie Perez and Edi Gathegi to the cast.
The Last Thing He Wanted is based on Joan Didion‘s 1996 novel and follows “hardscrabble journalist, Elena McMahon (Hathaway), who inherits her father’s position as a dealmaker — an arms dealmaker. She soon finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms-for-drugs plot reaches its tipping point.” There are no details as to Affleck’s character at the moment.
Rees penned the screenplay along with Marco Villalobos and will also produce alongside Cassian Elwes in a Mudbound reunion. Jamin O’Brien, Wayne Godfrey, Robert Jones, Mark Lane and James Harris are also on board as executive producers.
Affleck’s first Netflix feature, J.C. Chandor‘s Triple Frontier, will see him star opposite Charlie Hunnam and Oscar Isaac. That film is also expected out in 2019, meaning that Affleck will likely have a pair of streaming features next year that should keep him plenty busy on the PR circuit. Perhaps his schedule will open up for a return to the DC Universe, perhaps not.
For more on Affleck and his Batman woes, get caught up with these recent write-ups:
- ‘The Batman’: Ben Affleck Likely Out as Matt Reeves’ Script Focuses on a Younger Batman
- ‘The Flash’ Movie to Abandon “Somber Themes”; Joker Movie Filming Date and Budget Revealed
- Ben Affleck and Director Gavin O’Connor to Reteam for Sports Drama ‘The Has-Been’
- ‘Triple Frontier’ Back on (Again) with Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac at Netflix
- DC Films Restructuring in the Wake of ‘Justice League’ Disappointment