Casey Affleck is, for most of us, the stronger of the Afflecks.
When it comes to acting that is; Ben is a pretty damn good director and a decent actor, but Casey is (for the most part) a master in front of the camera. And that’s led him to a number of terrific prestige pictures, one of those being this fall’s Manchester By the Sea, sure to be a major player during awards season.
But Casey obviously wants to do something different, which leads us to Villain, a film he wrote and is set to star in, according to the Deadline report. Check out this nutso synopsis:
“Villain is a gritty and grounded thriller about the origins of a modern-day vigilante. Affleck stars as a man who loses everything after a home invasion leaves his family dead and two bullets lodged in his head. Miraculously, he survives and develops a unique power to see into people’s past, present and future. With this gift, he goes on a mission of revenge to find the men who killed his family and in the process clean up his city long overdue for justice. But as his vigilante acts become more frequent and violent in nature, his arrival as the city’s much-needed hero may be the announcement of its most prolific villain.”
So it’s like a superhero origin story, but it’s like Death Wish, and it sounds pretty awesome in theory. Who knows, it could be a complete mess and it could be released in January or something, but maybe Casey has really nailed this thing.
Villain will be directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Marcimain, whose most recognizable credit – at least stateside – is second unit director on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This sounds like an interesting project for an interesting star, who is clearly ready to step out of his prestigious safe zone.