It is no secret that Ben Affleck has struggled with alcohol addiction in the past. And perhaps that is why his forthcoming role in Warner Bros. The Way Back appears to be so damn good. Reuniting with director Gavin O’Connor after the 2016 film Accountant, the award-winning actor features in a moving film that looks to alcoholism, sport and some inspiring characters along the way.
With the trailer released just yesterday, The Way Back synopsis reads:
“Jack Cunningham (Ben 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?”
Joining Affleck, the cast also stars Al Madrigal (Night School), Michaela Watkins (Casual), Janina Gavankar (True Blood), and Glynn Turman (Bumblebee).
The film is slated to drop into cinemas from March 6, 2020. Tune into the trailer below.