Academy Award winner Ben Affleck stars in the first trailer for “The Way Back,” from director Gavin O’Connor.
Produced by Warner Bros, “The Way Back” sees Affleck back on the screen after this year’s earlier offerings, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” and Netflix’s “Triple Frontier.”
The synopsis is as follows:
Jack Cunningham (Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself.
As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?
Affleck and O’Connor have teamed up in the past with “The Accountant,” a 2016 crime drama. O’Connor now directs “The Way Back” with a screenplay written by Brad Ingelsby. O’Connor also directed the 2011 sport drama, “Warrior,” which starred Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. The film was nominated at the Oscars for Nick Nolte’s supporting role.
Affleck won an Academy Award for producing the Best Picture-winning film, “Argo.” Affleck, along with Matt Damon, share an Oscar for penning the script for “Good Will Hunting.” The collaborating pair will reunite again with Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel,” set to begin production soon.
“The Way Back” also stars Al Madrigal (“Night School”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Casual”), Janina Gavankar (TV’s “True Blood”) and Glynn Turman (“Bumblebee”).