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Ben Affleck takes back seat in star-studded new gig involving his family amid Jennifer Lopez latest

The Hollywood star has been making headlines of late

Hanna Fillingham
US Managing Editor
June 13, 2024
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Ben Affleck is from one very talented family, and enjoys nothing more than working with those closest to him. 

The Hollywood star took a back seat as a producer in his latest gig, The Instigators, which sees his brother Casey Affleck take center stage alongside his best friend Matt Damon. 

The upcoming film is due to be released on Apple TV+ on August 9, and the new trailer was released this week. 

This is not the first time Ben and Casey have worked together either. They have been in several movies over the years, including one co-written - Good Will Hunting, and one directed and written by Ben - Gone Baby Gone

Casey Affleck and Matt Damon in The Instigators - which is co-produced by Ben Affleck© Jonny Cournoyer
Casey Affleck and Matt Damon in The Instigators - which is co-produced by Ben Affleck

The synopsis for The Instigators reads: "Rory (Matt Damon) and Cobby (Casey Affleck) are reluctant partners: a desperate father and an ex-con thrown together to pull off a robbery of the ill-gained earnings of a corrupt politician. 

"But when the heist goes wrong, the two find themselves engulfed in a whirlwind of chaos, pursued not only by police, but also backwards bureaucrats and vengeful crime bosses. 

The Instigators — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

"Completely out of their depth, they convince Rory’s therapist (Hong Chau) to join their riotous getaway through the city, where they must put aside their differences and work together to evade capture—or worse." 

Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck have worked on a number of films together© Todd Williamson
Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck have worked on a number of films together

Casey also co-wrote the movie, with other stars featuring in it including Michael Stuhlbarg, Paul Walter Hauser, Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Toby Jones, Jack Harlow and Ron Perlman. 

Ben has been making headlines of late to do with his personal life too, as rumors surrounding his relationship with Jennifer Lopez continue to swirl in Hollywood. 

Ben and Casey are incredibly close© Jason LaVeris
Ben and Casey are incredibly close

The couple were last pictured out together this week at Ben's son Samuel's school graduation. The 12-year-old was treated to a celebration that was attended by his doting dad, mom Jennifer Garner, older siblings Fin and Violet, and stepmom JLo and her twins, Emme and Max. 

Also in attendance was Ben's mom, Chris Ann Boldt. Family is everything to Ben, who prefers to keep a low profile, but is always pictured out and about with his children. 

ben affleck jennifer lopez mother la premiere 2023© Getty Images
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have been hitting the headlines recently

The actor has remained on good terms with his ex Jennifer too. It's set to be an emotional time for Ben and Jennifer as parents too, as come September, their firstborn Violet will be flying the nest. 

The doting parents hosted a graduation party for Violet earlier in the month, and Jennifer has previously shared emotional footage of herself crying at her daughter's high school leaving ceremony. She wrote in the caption: "Tell me you have a graduate without telling me you have a graduate."

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