With a new streaming service seemingly popping up every month, it’s no wonder Netflix just can’t afford to slow down.
The trailer has arrived for another upcoming Netflix movie boasting some big names: The Last Thing He Wanted, starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and Willem Dafoe. Based on the ’96 book of the same name by Joan Didion, the plot follows journalist and single mum Elena (Hathaway), who has been investigating Contra activity in Central American for years only to find her reporting being censored. When her father (Dafoe) leaves her a number of arms deals, she finds herself the unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break.
This marks the third feature and second Netflix movie for Dee Rees following acclaimed drama Mudbound, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. The trailer doesn’t exactly make the plot all that clear, but it does hint at a twisty ride that should benefit from those strong leads. We’ll see.
Also starring Rosie Perez and Toby Jones, The Last Thing He Wanted will have its premiere at Sundance on January 27 before hitting Netflix on February 21.
Sundance’s synopsis for The Last Thing He Wanted:
Journalist and single mother Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway) has rigorously investigated Contra activity in Central America for years. Frustrated when her coverage is censored, relief comes in an unexpected package: her acerbic father (Willem Dafoe) falls ill and leaves her a series of unfinished and unsavory arms deals in that very region. Now a pawn in a risky and unfamiliar game, surrounded by live ammunition in more ways than one, and alongside a U.S. state official (Ben Affleck) with whom she has a checkered past, Elena needs to parse her own story to survive. With her disenchanting life awaiting her back home, she is forced to consider what she really wants.