Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner Set for Busy Year of Moviemaking Amid Divorce
The stars, who announced Tuesday that they were splitting up after 10 years of marriage, have several projects in the works, with Affleck set to appear at Comic-Con in a little over a week to promote 'Batman v. Superman' while Garner is in the middle of filming two movies.
As they begin life as no longer part of an A-list couple but just two separate A-listers, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner each have a busy year of making and releasing movies ahead of them. And in 2016, things will really heat up as both have several films hitting theaters, sometimes just a few weeks apart. Here's a look at what Affleck and Garner each have coming up career-wise.
Affleck is set to spend most of the next year releasing and promoting a couple of movies, including the highly anticipated Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters on March 25, 2016.
Affleck also recently completed filming on Warner Bros.' thriller The Accountant, the Gavin O'Connor-directed film about a mild-mannered number cruncher with Asperger's who has a secret job as an assassin. Affleck stars alongside Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor. That film is expected to hit theaters in January.
He's also rumored to appear in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, about a cadre of DC Entertainment villains. Affleck has recently shown up in photos snapped on the the movie's Toronto set. Warner Bros. is releasing that film on Aug. 5, 2016.
The new Batman is set to participate in Batman v. Superman's Comic-Con panel on the morning of July 11, which will mark one of his first public appearances since he and Garner announced their divorce.
The multihyphenate will also likely be doing press to promote HBO's revival of Project Greenlight, which is set to premiere on Sept. 13. Affleck and Matt Damon are executive producing through their Pearl Street Films banner, and previews show both stars appearing in the series.
Affleck is also expected (finally) to begin filming the oft-delayed movie adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition Era novel Live by Night that he wrote and will direct and star in alongside Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning. The project has been pushed back a couple of times, most recently due to Affleck's Batman duties, which moved the film's release from Christmas of this year to Oct. 7, 2016. Further down the line, he's also set to reunite with his Gone Girl director David Fincher and screenwriter Gillian Flynn on a remake of Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train.
He's also set to reteam with his Accountant director O'Connor on a movie about the American side of the FIFA scandal. As The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported, Affleck and Damon are producing, via their Warner Bros.-based Pearl Street Films shingle, a movie adaptation of the book Houses of Deceit, about U.S. FIFA exec Chuck Blazer and his role in the scandal.
Garner's last film was Danny Collins, which hit theaters on March 20 and is now available on DVD and for digital download. The Al Pacino starrer, in which she played the wife of his rock star character's son, capped a busy 18 months for the actress-producer, who also appeared in Men, Women and Children; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Draft Day; and Dallas Buyers Club.
She's currently filming Barry Sonnenfeld's high-concept comedy Nine Lives alongside Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Mark Consuelos and Robbie Amell. The movie centers on a stuffy businessman who finds himself trapped inside the body of his family's cat. Relativity is set to release the EuropaCorp film, written by Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin, on April 29, 2016.
She'll also likely soon begin filming Miracles From Heaven, based on a memoir by a Christy Beam, whose daughter miraculously overcame an incurable, life-threatening digestive disorder. Garner is playing Beam with The Whispers' Kylie Rogers recently cast as her daughter. Queen Latifah co-stars as a waitress who befriends the mother and daughter during their visits to Boston Children's Hospital. Patricia Riggen is directing Miracles, which is set for a March 18, 2016, release.
Garner also has her own production company, Vandalia Films, with a number of TV projects in the works.