Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in 'The Accountant'

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Ben Affleck

'Warrior' helmer Gavin O'Connor is in talks to direct

The thriller The Accountant has been bouncing around in development for some time, but it looks like it's finally moving forward, courting a big star for the lead role.

Ben Affleck is in negotiations to star in the film, sources tell THR. Warrior helmer Gavin O'Connor has also been in talks to direct the film.

Bill Dubuque wrote the 2011 Black List script, which centers on an accountant who moonlights as an assassin.

After a brief period at Sony, the project was put back in turnaround, where Warner Bros. picked it up. Lynette Howell and Mark Williams are producing, and Drew Crevello and Jon Gonda will oversee the project for Warner Bros.

The film has had several directors circling it over the years, including Mel Gibson and the Coen brothers. Will Smith was at one time eyeing the project as the lead.

O'Connor helmed 2011's critically acclaimed sports drama Warrior, and directed Jane Got a Gun, which is slated for release on Feb. 20, 2015, via Relativity. His earlier work includes thriller Pride and Glory and hockey drama Miracle. He's repped by WME and Morris Yorn.

Affleck stars in David Fincher's dark adaptation Gone Girl, hitting theaters on Friday. He will also play Batman in Warner Bros. superhero ensemble film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Argo director is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

Email: Rebecca.Ford@THR.com
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