Set to release on October 14th, ‘The Accountant’ starring Ben Affleck might catch the attention of people within the autism community. Though, not necessarily in the right way.
In the movie’s trailer, Affleck’s character, Christian Wolff, shows signs of being on the autism spectrum. He uses his extremely gifted math skills freelancing for some of the world’s most dangerous criminals, however, tables turn when he collaborates with the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division.
Though, director Gavin O’Connor seems to be a little nervous about how Wolff will be received by audiences. “I’m terrified… I’m honestly terrified,” said O’Connor in an interview with Empire Magazine. “Anytime you’re dealing with sensitive subject matter, someone’s going to take issue, and that’s okay… We wanted to make sure we got this right.”
O’Connor hopes that people feel the same way about Wolff’s character as he did. “I fell in love with Christian,” said O’Connor. “This awkward guy who possesses one of the most extraordinary mathematical intellects in the world. I think it’s a good time to be different. Different is a really good thing.”
Whether you are on the spectrum or not, different certainly is a good thing because it breeds individuality. However, our concerns about the “savant” character with autism is a tough stereotype for the autism community to crack, moving away from the idea of how unique each individual with autism is. Will ‘The Accountant’ be another ‘Rain Man‘? Or will it represent that unique identity in a new light?
Though this film has a few more months until it’s release, we are all extremely interested to see how Christian Wolff is received as the latest movie character who falls on the autism spectrum.
For those of you who haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it here!