Sunday, 30 November 2014

Anna Kendrick set for The Accountant

We already know that Ben Affleck (Runner Runner) has found time in his busy schedule to squeeze in action thriller The Accountant before he heads off to direct Live By Night. And he might have some company in the film if Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air) and J. K. Simmons (Contraband) ending making deals.

Warrior (2011) director Gavin O'Connor is now on board to make the movie in January, with Affleck playing a seemingly mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as an assassin. The project has floated in limbo for years, starting at Warner Bros with Mel Gibson (Apocalypto) interested, before moving on to Sony Pictures, which tried to set it up for Will Smith (I Am Legend). It's now returned home and with Affleck aboard, it's heating up again.

According to Variety, Kendrick is in talks for an unspecified role, though she's also in demand for several other movies and might end up choosing one of those. As for Simmons, his potential part is also a mystery. After his blistering turn in Whiplash (due here 16 January), we're hoping he gets to unleash his menacing side again.

Kendrick has a healthy roster of films headed our way including Rob Marshall's (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) Into The Woods (out 9 January), Pitch Perfect 2, Mr. Right and The Hollars. Aside from Whiplash, Simmons will be seen in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children (5 December) and Terminator: Genisys (3 July).

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