Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. He was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship in high school. But for reasons unknown, he suddenly 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, he reluctantly accepts. 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 set him on the road to redemption?
The Way Back (also known as Finding The Way Back in some markets) is an American sports drama film directed by Gavin O’Connor, and written by Brad Ingelsby. It stars Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar and Glynn Turman.
- Starring : Ben Affleck / Al Madrigal
- Genre : Drama / Sport
- Country : United States
- Language :
- Director : Gavin O’Connor
- Production : Warner Bros. / Spyglass Media Group / BRON Studios / Mayhem Pictures / Pearl Street Films / Creative Wealth Media Finance / Filmtribe / Jennifer Todd Pictures
- Distributor : Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. Pictures
The Way Back movie
The Way Back release date
- March 6, 2020 : USA
- March 13, 2020 : UK
- March 13, 2020 : Ireland
- March 18, 2020 : France
The Way Back cast
- Ben Affleck as Jack Cunningham
- Al Madrigal as Dan
- Michaela Watkins
- Janina Gavankar
- Glynn Turman
- Hayes MacArthur as Eric
- Lukas Gage as Eddie
- Marlene Forte as Gale
- Rachael Carpani as Diane
- T.K. Carter as Russ
- Da’Vinchi as Devon Childress
- Jayne Taini as Susan Norris
- Chris Bruno as Sal
- Christine Horn as Doctor
- Melvin Gregg as Marcus Parrish
In June 2018, it was announced that director Gavin O’Connor and actor Ben Affleck were going to re-team on a Warner Bros. drama film, titled The Has-Been, scripted by Brad Ingelsby. The film is about a former basketball star who has lost his wife and family foundation because of an addiction, and attempts to regain his soul by becoming the coach of a high school basketball team at his alma mater.
On September 26, 2018, it was reported that comedian Al Madrigal had joined the film’s cast to play Dan, a well mannered high school Math teacher and the school’s assistant coach who believes in Affleck’s character.
In October 2018, Janina Gavankar joined the cast of the film, followed by Brandon Wilson and Rachael Carpani in November 2018. The title of the film “The Way Back” was announced in July 2019. The movie was previously scheduled to be released on October 18, 2019 but was moved back to March 6, 2020.
American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter Ben Affleck (age 47) plays the lead role of Jack Cunningham. Affleck is a multi-awarded actor whose accolades include two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. He began his career as a child when he starred in the educational series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984, 1988). He later appeared in Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films, including Mallrats (1995) Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999). Affleck became more popular when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing Good Will Hunting (1997), which they also starred in. He then established himself as a leading man in films like Armageddon (1998), Forces of Nature (1999), Pearl Harbor (2001), and The Sum of All Fears (2002).
Affleck received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Hollywoodland (2006). His directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007), which he also co-wrote, was well received. For the political thriller Argo (2012), which he directed, co-produced, and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Picture. He then starred in Gone Girl (2014) and played Batman in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) including an appearance in Suicide Squad (2016). His subsequent films were action thrillers like The Accountant (2016) Triple Frontier (2019), and Live by Night (2016).
Playing the role of Dan in The Way Back is Al Madrigal (age 48), an American comedian, writer, actor and producer. He is a co-founder of the All Things Comedy podcast network, alongside Bill Burr and rose to fame on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a regular correspondent for five seasons. Outside of the standup world, Al is known for co-starring roles in the film Night School, I’m Dying Up Here, About A Boy, as well as CBS sitcoms Gary Unmarried and Welcome to The Captain. He will also appear in Sony Pictures Marvel Universe film Morbius, starring Jared Leto and directed by Daniel Espinosa.
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