Runner Runner features Ben Affleck (the new Batman), Justin Timberlake, and Gemma Arterton in a story inspired by true events. Directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer), Runner Runner also stars Anthony Mackie, David Costabile, Ben Schwartz and Oliver Cooper.
20th Century Fox is releasing Runner Runner in theaters on October 4, 2013.
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. 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 is chasing a new version of the American dream: easy, instant and limitless wealth. Once on the Wall Street fast track, Richie lost everything when the market crashed and is now starting over, hustling his way through graduate school. After being cheated by an online gambling site and watching his tuition money disappear, Richie flies to Costa Rica to confront the gambling legend behind the site: Ivan Block.
Block is impressed by Richie’s savvy and takes the younger man under his wing, promising to show Richie the ropes. Soon thereafter, Richie falls for Block’s associate –sophisticated COO Rebecca Shafran (Gemma Arterton) – and he embraces a world that sees all of his fantasies come to life. But Richie soon learns that Block is wanted for racketeering, extortion and bribery, and that FBI Special Agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie) is obsessed with bringing Block and his associates to justice. Block decides to pull up stakes and leave Richie behind as the fall guy. With Shavers closing in, Richie must figure out a way to stay a step ahead of Block and Shavers – or risk a future behind bars.
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