From the stable of Fox Star Studios comes a taut crime drama thriller starring an elite ensemble cast of Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton aka RUNNER RUNNER releasing on 4thOctober in India!
Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. Soon thereafter, Richie falls for Block’s associate –sophisticated COO Rebecca (Gemma Arterton) and he embraces a world that sees all of his fantasies come to life. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Richie must figure out a way to stay a step ahead of Block and Shavers – or risk a future behind bars.
The lavish life of RUNNER RUNNER’s gambling kingpin Ivan Block aka Ben Affleck is what RUNNER RUNNER director Brad Furman calls, “the new American dream.” He elaborates: “Technology has led us to a world where everything comes very quickly, which has expedited this concept of the American dream. Young people today want everything faster – especially money.”
Justin Timberlake concurs, “Today, people don’t want to own a Cadillac; they want to invent their own car,” Timberlake continues. “A generation of young people wants to start their own galaxy of entrepreneurial activities. People are constantly trying to reinvent the wheel, and things are moving at warp speed. It’s cutthroat. It’s very cerebral and less about integrity, pride or honor, or any moral values.”
Timberlake’s Richie Furst is among those getting caught up in this irresistible but dangerous mindset. His guide and “benefactor” is Ivan Block. Block is the man behind the curtain of a billion-dollar online gambling empire. Ben Affleck says the role provided an intriguing change of pace. “I’ve done a couple of parts where the characters I play were reserved, quiet and internal, but Ivan is always ‘gunning the engine.’ He’s never at a loss for sexy monologues about life, and he enjoys spinning all kind of sophistry to Richie. I thought that Ivan and his world would be a lot of fun to explore.”
Director Brad Furman came to RUNNER RUNNER fresh from the success of The Lincoln Lawyer in 2011. “I had a specific vision for RUNNER RUNNER, to create a journey down the rabbit hole for Richie,” he notes. “The movie begins in New Jersey, and then Richie ends up in Costa Rica and a fantastic but corrupt world.”
Justin Timberlake describes his character’s descent: “Richie is a good guy in the wrong place, trying to do the right thing. He’s constantly trying to hold on to his morals. Richie is a dreamer and an idealist who makes an honest mistake and must figure out how he’s going to get out of it.”
English-born Gemma Arterton portrays Rebecca. A gambling novice, Arterton nevertheless embraced the role. “I really liked the script, which I thought was clever and witty, and it portrayed a world I wanted to investigate.”
The story is fundamentally about wealth – the desire to have it and the impulse to protect it. That ethos is reflected in the look of the characters – slick and composed but tempered by the relaxing breeze of Costa Rica. Think: finely tailored suits, linens, and body conscious styling!!
Catch the thriller as RUNNER RUNNER releases on 4th October 2013!