By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Taking a break from donning the Batman mask, Palisadian Ben Affleck is making a foray into Netflix, landing a lead role in action-adventure crime film “Triple Frontier”—twice.
Back in October 2010, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp were in “talks” of joining the film, co-written by J.C. Chandor and Mark Boal—with shooting to commence in early 2011 under the direction of Kathryn Bigelow.
After production delays, Bigelow left with J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call,” “All is Lost”) taking over in September 2015 for Paramount Pictures.
Another change came in May 2017, when Netflix was in negotiations to acquire the rights to the film, with Ben and Casey Affleck in lead roles. Ben exited in July 2017 due to personal reasons but signed back on in March 2018.
Now Ben stars alongside Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal—a group of five veterans who reunite to take on a South American drug cartel in a sparsely populated multi-border zone.
“For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country,” Netflix stated in a release about the film. “But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.”
“Triple Frontier,” which has a trailer out now, will premiere globally in March 2019.