• Ben Affleck is set to appear in an upcoming "erotic thriller."
• The movie is co-written by
Euphoria showrunner Sam Levinson.
• Affleck has dabbled in this genre before, with 2014's
Do you want to see Ben Affleck in an "erotic thriller"? If your answer to that is "yes," it's your lucky day! According to a report from Deadline, Affleck is closing in on a deal to appear in an upcoming movie called Deep Water, which will see him appear alongside actress Ana De Armas (who will also appear in the upcoming untitled James Bond film) as a couple.
Per Deadline, the plot of the movie goes as such:
Affleck and de Armas are in talks to play Vic and Melinda Van Allen, an attractive young married couple whose mind games with each other take a twisted turn when people around them start turning up dead. The couple staves off divorce in a loveless marriage by allowing each to take lovers, but it becomes messy as Highsmith exposed the surface facade of American suburban life.
One would have to wonder when Affleck—who turns 47 in a couple weeks—would stop being considered part of a "young couple," but aside from that the movie sounds fairly thrilling. (Maybe having a massive back tattoo makes you young forever.)
The "erotic thriller" classification is the expertise of director Adrian Lyne, who hasn't directed a movie since Unfaithful in 2002, which was about adultery. He also directed Flashdance, and was nominated for an Oscar for directing Michael Douglas and Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, probably the most famous 'erotic thriller' of all time.
The movie's screenplay was adapted from a 1957 novel, also called Deep Water, by author Patricia Highsmith. That script was written by Zach Helm, who wrote one of the most underrated movies of the last 20 years in Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell (which is available to stream on Amazon Prime!), and Sam Levinson, who currently serves as the showrunner for HBO's Euphoria.
It might be worth mentioning that this isn't Affleck's first go-around with an erotic thriller. You might recall his lead role in David Fincher's Gone Girl back in 2014, which, all jokes aside, is probably the best on-screen performance of his career. Gigli is kind of an erotic thriller too, but for Ben's sake we won't talk about that one.
The movie is expected to begin shooting in November. You'll probably see a good bit more of Affleck before Deep Water, though—he's scheduled to appear in basketball movie Torrance, the Joan Didion-adaptation The Last Thing He Wanted, Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Reboot all before the end of 2019.
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