Oh, come on now, you didn’t think that Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake would star in a movie together and there wouldn’t be hot ladies around, did you? The pair signed on for Brad Furman‘s Runner Runner in April and, back then, we only knew that it would focus on online gambling and that Timberlake would be the right-hand man to boss guy Affleck. Now we have a fuller picture of the film, including just how Timberlake gets tossed into this particular shark tank and who might help pull him out.

Gemma Arterton has been cast in the film, in a role that Variety can only divulge as being “Timberlake’s love interest.” Let’s hope that she can get him away from Affleck, who sounds like he’ll be playing a real sleaze. The outlet also reports that the Timberlake will play “a Princeton student cheated out of his tuition money playing online poker who ends up the right-hand man of the site’s corrupt boss (Affleck).” Geez, bad decisions all around on that one.

Arterton’s name has been thrown in the ring for a number of high profile projects since setting hearts (and pants) aflutter after Quantum of Solace – stuff like Prometheus, Men In Black III, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Iron Man 3, and The Dark Knight Rises, just to name a few – but she’s yet to really hit her stride. She’s had a bit of a lull in her work – with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters getting pushed back, Arterton was last seen in Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (and the underseen Tamara Drewe), but she’s got a ton of great stuff coming up. Arterton will next appear in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, Paul Andrew Williams’s Song for Marion, and Andy Fickman’s The Wright Girls, a real mixed bag of stuff, but the kind of films that could extend her range to great effect.


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