Last week we got the trailer for The Town, the cops and robbers crime drama directed by and starring Ben Affleck. Today, the Ben Affleck Comeback Tour continues, with the trailer for The Company Men, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by ER writer/producer John Wells, The Company Men is another Boston-based tale (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) with a great cast — Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Craig T. Nelson, and Rosemarie DeWitt. Affleck stars as a Bobby Walker, a 37-year-old father whose company merger leaves him jobless (along with his colleagues Cooper and Jones). He’s left bitter about his situation, particularly when it forces him to do manual labor for his brother-in-law (Costner). The trailer almost plays like the sequel to Up in the Air…if Up in the Air depicted white collar executives who go golfing and own Porsches as victims of the recession, and not long term mid-level managers. See the trailer embedded after the jump.
I’ve been rooting for Ben Affleck for awhile now, and this film has all the makings of an award show darling: Oscar winners (Four!), timely realism (The recession!), and look at true America (Boston! Carpentry! Football!). And considering how challenging Boston accents have proven to be for even the most talented actors, how do these match up? (Kevin Costner’s seems a little exaggerated.)
What do you think, PopWatchers? Is 2010 the year of Ben Affleck?