Warner Bros. has released the trailer for The Way Back, which stars Ben Affleck as an alcoholic who becomes the coach of a high school basketball team. Something tells me he’s going to be learning just as much as those kids. The film is directed by Gavin O’Connor who previously worked with Affleck on The Accountant (oddly one of my mother-in-law’s favorite movies). Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman also star.
The Way Back opens in theaters March 6, 2020.
Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?