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Affleck, Timberlake trailer for 'Runner, Runner' released

Posted by Emily Wright  June 6, 2013 02:28 PM

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Justin Timberlake as a college student?

Yeah, we aren't sure we believe it either. But that's the basis for his next film, "Runner, Runner," where he plays Richie Furst, a Princeton student trying to pay off his tuition bill through poker. We checked out the trailer for the new film, which was released by Yahoo! today, and broke down the premise for those who may be looking forward to the release.

After being threatened by what looks like the dean of students or someone else in the administration to kill off the illegal gambling activity ("Change your tune or you won't have a school to pay for"), Furst resorts to online gaming in the opening moments of the trailer -- and gets swindled. $17,000 down the tubes.


Enter Ivan Block (Ben Affleck), a super-rich American living in Costa Rica that seems to be involved in lots of illegal activities. This stuff makes "The Town" look timid. Block sends for Furst, who gets lured in with the promise of seven figures in 18 months. Furst starts making the moola, and then everything hits the fan.

Anthony Mackie's character (a yet unnamed U.S. federal agent) kidnaps Furst, black sack over his head and all, and threatens him with lots of US alphabet-agency sounding mumbo-jumbo. You know, CIA, DEA, "Do you know how deep you're in?" blah, blah.

Anyway, we can't tell if this is going to be a blockbuster or a "Gigli" flop (remember that Affleck gem?), but the trailer isn't giving us good vibes. Check it out for yourself and tell us what you think.

"Runner, Runner" hits theaters Sept. 27.

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