Newly Sober Ben Affleck's Untitled Addiction Drama Will Roll Out For Oscar Season
Ben Affleck’s new addiction drama - which is still untitled - will be in theaters just in time for Oscar season. The film is set to premiere on October 18th, and the release date could possibly be setting up Affleck for a third Academy Award win.
In 1998, Affleck and Matt Damon’s script for Good Will Hunting won them the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. And, in 2013, Affleck directed Argo, which won Best Picture. Affleck has a starring role in his new addiction drama - which has had titles like The Has-Been and Torrance - and it is directed by Gavin O’Connor.
In the new flick, Affleck plays a former basketball player who is battling addiction, and his struggles lead to him losing his wife. He then becomes the coach of the high school basketball team at his alma mater as part of his recovery process.
Former Daily Show correspondent Al Madrigal stars as the assistant coach and other members of the cast include Janina Gavankar, Hayes MacArthur, Brandon Wilson, and Rachael Carpani.
Both Affleck and O’Conner are producers, along with Jennifer Todd, Gordon Gray, and Ravi Mehta. And, Brad Ingelsby wrote the script.
According to Variety, Affleck and O’Connor previously worked together on the 2016 film The Accountant, which grossed $155 million at the box office.
With the October release date scheduled, that will mean in just one year, Affleck will transition from struggling with his own addiction problems and going to rehab to starring in a film about the subject. Affleck has made quite the transformation in recent months, and he appears to be healthy and happy since leaving a Malibu treatment center in October 2018.
He has also been spending a lot of time with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner and their three children, Violet, 13, Seraphina, 10, and Samuel, 7. Affleck and Garner are successfully co-parenting their kids despite their divorce that was finalized last year.
“I hope I’m a pretty good dad. I certainly try very hard. I’m lucky they’ve got a great mom, and she helps out a great deal with making sure that we co-parent in as good a way as possible,” said Affleck.
Ben Affleck’s latest flick Triple Frontier is currently streaming on Netflix.