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The Accountant 2 Release Date, Cast, And More

"The Accountant" was one of the better crime thrillers of 2016. The film stars Ben Affleck and Jon Bernthal as brothers who live two very different lives. Affleck's Christian Wolff is a forensic accountant with autism, while Bernthal's Braxton Wolff works as the hitman for the film's main antagonist, Lamar Blackburn (John Lithgow). The film had so-so ratings from critics and sits with a 52% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers felt the opposite of the thriller, and "The Accountant" boasts a stellar audience score of 76% on the aggregator site.

When it comes to sequels, more often than not, it's fan response and box office numbers that generally warrant a second installment. According to The Numbers, "The Accountant" brought in over $150 million worldwide on a $40 million budget. That, combined with fan reactions, have apparently warranted a sequel to the beloved Affleck flick. A second "Accountant" film has finally been confirmed — via CinemaBlend — and we already know a little bit about what to expect from the highly-desired sequel.

What is the release date for The Accountant 2?

"The Accountant" director Gavin O'Connor spoke to the folks at the "ReelBlend" podcast and recently confirmed the sequel. When discussing that he would not be doing a sequel to "The Way Back," he noted, "we are doing an 'Accountant' sequel. We literally just closed that deal. We're doing 'The Accountant' again." This news dropped on September 2, which means things are in the very early stages of pre-production. O'Connor mentioned nothing of a script, which means it could be a while before fans of the first film get to see it on the big screen.

According to data guru Stephen Follows, it usually takes — on average — 871 days from the time a film is announced to when it hits the big screen. Following that logic, "The Accountant 2" should land in theaters somewhere around January 21, 2024. This date can move up if the film doesn't require many special effects, which can eat up time in post-production. The original "Accountant" hit theaters on October 14, 2016, so we may see another October release date for the sequel.

Who is in the cast of The Accountant 2

One thing we know for sure about "The Accountant 2" is some of its cast members. O'Connor confirmed to ReelBlend that Affleck and Bernthal would be back to reprise their roles as the Wolff brothers. As far as other returning stars from the original film, that's currently unknown. Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, and Cynthia Addai-Robinson played some of the supporting characters in the original movie, but it's not known if any of them will be back.

Kendrick's Dana Cummings was the in-house accountant for Living Robotics, who noticed issues with the company's books. Christian disappears at the end of the film and leaves Dana with a Jackson Pollock painting, and there was enough closure between the two where "The Accountant 2" wouldn't feel odd without her. Simmons portrayed FinCEN director Ray King who tries to track down Christian throughout the film with the help of analyst Marybeth Medina (Addai-Robinson). Whether there is a need for those characters to return remains to be seen.

What is the plot of The Accountant 2?

"The Accountant" was always Christian's story, but that's not necessarily going to be the case for the second and — gasp — third film. That's right — O'Connor says there is a plan for the third film as well. "I've always wanted to do three because what, the second one's going to be more with — we're going to integrate his brother into the story," he told ReelBlend. "So there'll be more screen time for Bernthal in the second one. And then the third movie's going to be, I call it, 'Rain Man on steroids.' The third movie is going to be the two brothers, this odd couple. The third one is going be a buddy picture."

Well, there you have it. The next two "Accountant" films will focus on the Wolff brothers, which will give Bernthal more room to shine. The duo put aside their differences in the first film's finale and made plans to meet one another a week from the night of the shootout at Blackburn's house. It'll be interesting to see where these two meet up and what is on the docket for them. Christian's brains mixed with Braxton's braun should make for an exciting storyline.