Ben Affleck's comfortable staying in the indie spotlight in his latest sports drama, The Way Back. He plays Jack Cunningham, a one-time basketball prodigy, who loses his love for the game. He starts to regain by battling his alcoholism and coaching an underachieving high school team. While it may not necessarily exude any major awards for the two-time Oscar winner, it's a story from the heart.
"The Way Back": Overcoming the Odds
Gavin O'Connor directed and co-wrote the film with Brad Ingelsby (American Woman, Run All Night) for Warner Bros. O'Connor also worked with Affleck in The Accountant (2016) and rumored to be working on its sequel together.
The film also stars Al Madrigal (Night School), Michaela Watkins (Wayne, Casual), Janina Gavankar (Blindspotting, True Blood), and Glynn Turman (Super 8, Bumblebee).
The film looks as inspiring as similar sports films like Remember the Titans (2000), Coach Carter (2005) and Hoosiers (1986) that it's about the team sharing a journey in believing in themselves regardless of the end result.
Affleck is in the upcoming The Last Thing He Wanted co-starring with Anne Hathaway and Willem Dafoe coming February 21 to Netflix. He wrapped filming the 20th Century Studios thriller Deep Water with co-star Ana De Armas (Knives Out, No Time to Die) slated for a November release.
Madrigal is in Justine Bateman's upcoming film Violet. It also slates for a March release costarring with Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, and Laura San Giacomo. He'll be in the upcoming summer Marvel blockbuster Morbius for Sony Pictures co-starring Jared Leto in the title role.
Watkins had a busy 2019 appearing in numerous television series including Transparent for Amazon, Big Mouth for Netflix, Get Shorty for Epix, and The Unicorn for CBS.
The Way Back comes to theaters March 6th. Check out the trailer below.