Fox has released three new character featurettes and two clips for director Brad Furman’s upcoming thriller Runner, Runner. The film stars Justin Timberlake as Richie Furst a student who is cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker and heads to Costa Rica to confront the site’s owner Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). After meeting the gambling tycoon, Richie gets seduced by the wealth and lifestyle from his new found benefactor. Which brings Richie into the sights of the FBI.
I don’t think this film is targeting Oscars but Furman’s previous effort The Lincoln Lawyer was a sneaky great thriller and hopefully Runner, Runner will get a similar reception. Hopefully this doesn’t receive any Batfleck backlash, worst case scenario there will be a very attractive cast with Puerto Rico locale, that’s a partial win.
The cast also includes Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, Ben Schwartz, Dayo Okeniyi, Bob Gunton, David Costabile and Oliver Cooper.
Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.