The Way Back new trailer: Basketball coach Ben Affleck leads his team of underdogs to glory
It feels like a while since Ben Affleck has starred in a film worth remembering and The Way Back sees him leave the action behind to concentrate on a drama-based story. He was a decent Batman in BVSDOJ and Justice League but the films were pretty poor, The Accountant was a middling action flick, Triple Frontier quickly disappeared into the mire of Netflix content, and since scooping up Oscars with Argo in 2012, only Gone Girl has really stood out on his acting CV. This looks as Oscar-baity as they come (even though it's released next March), telling a story of redemption with the big man even dropping tear for good effect. Watch the new trailer The Way Back trailer above.
Jack Cunningham 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?
Gavin O'Connor (Warrior, The Accountant) directs, with Ben Affleck leading a cast featuring Janina Gavankar, Al Madrigal, Brandon Wilson, Hayes MacArthur and Rachael Carpani.
The Way Back opens in US cinemas on March 6 and on March 13, 2020 in the UK.