Ben Affleck Cast in Dee Rees' The Last Thing He Wanted

Lewis Collier
July 11, 2018

In the wake of Warner Bros.' less-than-stellar performance from Justice League and the like, Ben Affleck has been pretty quick to sign on to anything and everything outside of the DCEU. But there's still a lot of versatility in Affleck and plenty of years left in his career, whether or not he ever dons the cape and cowl again.

The pair are joined in The Last Thing He Wanted by Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Toby Jones (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rosie Perez (NBC's Rise), Edi Gathegi (NBC's The Blacklist), and Mel Rodriguez (the "Kill All Others" of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams that Rees directed for Amazon). That film went on to earn four Oscar nominations, including one for Rees herself, becoming the first African American woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Affleck will join the already announced Academy Award victor Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables, Ocean's 8) in the cast.

Adapted by Marco Villalobos from Joan Didion's 1996 novel, The Last Thing He Wanted focuses on journalist Elena McMahon (Hathaway) who delves into the Iran Contra Affair and finds herself on risky ground as she investigates shady drug deals and government corruption. Rees and Marco Villalobos co-wrote the script, about "hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon who finds herself on risky ground as the Iran Contra Affair's arms for drugs plot reaches its tipping point".

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While there's no official word on which character Affleck will play, the most obvious choice from Didion's novel may be the role of Treat Morrison, a high-level government official who becomes romantically entangled with Hathaway's character.

Dees and Mudbound producer Cassian Elwes are producing this film. The film will be Affleck's second collaboration with Netflix, who is starring alongside Charlie Hunnam and Oscar Isaac in Triple Frontier, the action-adventure directed by J.C. Chandor and releasing in 2019. The movie is expected to debut in 2019.

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