In The Accountant, Ben Affleck is taking on a different type of role, as a savant who is a complete genius at math but is highly awkward when he attempts to socialize with others. The film puts a heavy focus on Affleck’s character, Chris, and his specific type of autism, creating a role that appears similar to Dustin Hoffman’s highly lauded performance in Rain Man. This is something from Affleck that we haven’t seen before, but if the trailers are any indication of the final film, he clearly nails it.
The latest trailer introduces us to Affleck’s Christian Wolff as a child struggling to fit in and function on a daily basis. The kid loves puzzles and eventually grows up to be an accountant who solves math problems for the world’s most dangerous criminals. To the naked eye, Wolff seems like your run of the mill C.P.A with his perfectly pressed suits and pocket protector, but behind his phony facade he is the keeper of many deadly secrets.
Enter Anna Kendrick’s character, a quirky accountant clerk at a robotics company that hires Wolff. As she gets closer to him, she begins to discover his secrets and finds that what he is hiding including stacks of cash and cooked books. Eventually we meet Ray King (J.K. Simmons) a government official who is starting to put the pieces of the puzzle together, pinpointing Wolff as a dangerous criminal. The trailer quickly moves from innocent business meetings to intense, thrilling scenes with Affleck behind the scope of a sniper rifle and Kendrick deeply entangled in his criminal activities.
The official synopsis for The Accountant reads:
Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.
The Accountant opens in theaters this coming Fall on October 14, 2016.