New ‘Runner Runner’ Trailer: Justin Timberlake Gambles With His Life

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 5th, 2013 at 6:20 am,

Three months ago, when the first trailer for Runner Runner was released online, most people seemed mildly interested in seeing Ben Affleck cover new ground and portray a morally-dubious online gambling tycoon, who operates his illicit empire from (ironically) the sun-bathed tropics of Costa Rica. However, now that Affleck is set to portray the Caped Crusader in the Man of Steel sequel – unofficially known as Batman vs. Supermaneveryone will be keeping a close eye on how well he plays the Runner Runner antagonist (whose handsome and charming exterior disguises his ruthless and borderline-psychotic mental state).

Affleck is featured as heavily (if not more so) in the second – and shorter – trailer for Runner Runner as he’s in the first theatrical preview, but the story remains Justin Timberlake’s character’s, first and foremost. The neo-Noir(ish) crime thriller revolves around Princeton grad student Richie Furst, who makes a failed attempt to payoff his tuition by winning in a contest held on an online gambling site. Ritchie, believing himself to have been cheated, leaves the country in order to confront the site’s owner, Ivan Block (Affleck), in person.

Ritchie is shocked when, upon meeting Block, the tycoon immediately offers to pay him back in full – since $15-20,000 dollars is chump change when your business makes $9 million a day – and then invites the young man to put his mathematical know-how to better u$e by working for him. Rounding out the cast are Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) as the lady who completes a dangerous triangle with Affleck and Timberlake, along with Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain) as the FBI agent who blackmails Ritchie into helping to take down Block.

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Runner Runner – named after a poker term for when hitting two consecutive cards on the turn and river (a very difficult feat) is necessary in order to win the pot – was scripted by Brian Kppelman and David Levien, who previously collaborated on the scripts for the Matt Damon/Edward Norton gambling thriller Rounders and the third installment in the aughts’ Ocean’s Eleven movie continuity, Ocean’s Thirteen. Based on trailer footage, their Runner Runner story seems conventional, yet it appears to hit all the right notes to (possibly) make for a solid crime flick.

That also goes for the direction by Brad Furman, who’s already shown a knack for handling this sort of genre material on the legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, starring Matthew McConaughey as an unorthodox and sleazy defense attorney who end up defending the very legal system that he has long manipulated for personal gain. Timberlake’s protagonist in Runner Runner seems decent, if far more vanilla than McConaughey from Lincoln Lawyer, but this film will really be Affleck’s chance to shine – and (hopefully) provide further reason to believe that he’ll make for a good Caped Crusader in Man of Steel 2.

Be sure and let us know your Runnner Runner thoughts in the comments section!


Runner Runner opens in U.S. theaters on October 4th, 2013.

Source: 20th Century Fox

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  1. I’m gonna check it out, just to see how dark Ben plays it. Justin does a pretty good job acting as well. Gemma is the cherry on top. (pun intended)


  3. Ben Affleck getting third billing, a bit of a curiosity.
    Maybe his role not as prominent as this trailer implies.

    Or Ben is being generous allowing this movie to
    to be promoted as a Justin Timberlake film.

    • He’s not getting Third Billing he’s getting the coveted “AND ____” that’s usually saved for the movie draw. Affleck is the biggest draw here since Timberlake’s other moviee where he was the leade failed

      • Sometimes “and” is not a major player.

        Regardless of status, it is third billing.
        Ben is billed after two other players
        in the trailers and the posters.

        Billing placement is serious
        business in Hollywood.

        • Ive heard that having your name after the ‘And’ is a coveted spot for tv shows. You either want to have your name first or last but not in the middle. :)
          Not sure if this carrys over to fims tho.

          • “And” billing is a better spot than last
            or somewhere in the middle with others
            however it is not considered “top” billing.
            Coveted is probably too strong a term to
            use while desirable would be about right.

            It is usually reserved for notable or special
            casting and a place of honor for esteemed
            actors and often former leading actors get
            the billing when appearing in a lessor role.

  4. This looks pretty good, I’ll check it out if the reviews are positive.

  5. Every psychotic fan will be watching how Ben crosses the street from now on, how Ben eats ice cream, how he listens to music… It’s just a matter of time before someone hears him fart and then write an article on how Batman would never fart like that! Seriously, it seems as if anytime his name is mentioned now the lines are drawn and a fight is going to break out. The character he is portraying here will have very little to do with his interpretation on Batman with the exception that both characters are very rich and good looking. People need to chillax and just breath…

    • I think if Batman farted it would sound like Bale talking as Batman… Weird how that works out…

  6. Man, I misread the title… I thought it said Blade Runner. I was like, “No way…”

  7. The more I see of Justin Timberlake the more I’m convinced that he can’t act worth a crap.

    Ben’s acting seems a little sub-par here, but it’s not like it’s an Oscar pic so he has an excuse to slack off on this role. At least he gets the playboy persona right. He’ll be a good Bruce Wayne.

  8. bat fleck is the man hope this kid hits a home run

  9. The only reason I would watch this would be on Netflix, drinking a beer and to see Gemma Arterton. She’s so beautiful and her voice is sexy as hell. Now for the rest of the actors, Justin please stick with your music and designing clothes; it suits you better. I’ll leave Mr. Affleck alone, he’s getting a lot of crap already for playing Batman.

  10. The second installment in the Oceans Eleven continuity would be Oceans Twelve, not Ocean’s Thirteen… right?

    • Yep, my bad, thanks for catching that. It’s been fixed.

  11. Two “actors” who can’t act, and an actress that doesn’t want to be an actress… A director with one decent movie under his belt. And a writing duo that has a 50% success rate… Those are not good ingredients for a movie. And once again, Ben Affleck.