Ben Affleck erotic thriller ‘Deep Water’ heads to streaming

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Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas’ upcoming movie Deep Water is going swimming in the streaming pool. According to Deadline, the movie is expected to debut on Hulu for U.S. audiences and Prime Video for international audiences, though no release date has been announced.

Deep Water is based on the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name. The story follows Vic and Melinda Van Allen (Affleck and de Armas), a married couple who have come to an agreement to avoid divorce by allowing each other to have affairs. However, the pair’s mind games take a turn when some of Melinda’s lovers are found dead.

The movie was originally set to have some added intrigue, as Affleck and de Armas had previously been dating. The pair broke up in early 2021 though. Affleck has famously reunited with former girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. Even without the added intrigue of watching a real-life couple on screen together, Affleck and de Armas have been working at a high level recently; Affleck receiving some of the best reviews of his career for The Last Duel and The Tender Bar, while de Armas has broken out with films like Knives Out and No Time to Die.

Deep Water is directed by Adrian Lyne (Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction), in what will be his first movie in 20 years. In addition to Affleck and de Armas, the cast includes Tracey Letts (Lady Bird, Ford vs Ferrari), Rachel Blanchard (Fargo), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy), Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story, Unbroken), Jacob Elordi (The Kissing Booth, Euphoria), Dash Mihok (Ray Donovan), Kristen Connelly (Evil, The Cabin in the Woods) and Jade Fernandez (Little, Leverage: Redemption).

Originally scheduled to get a release in movie theaters, Deep Water was pulled from the release calendar a little more than a month ahead of its intended Jan. 14, 2022, release date. No release date has been provided for Deep Water to premiere on streaming. But, whenever it does premiere, movie fans will either need to have a Hulu (for those in the U.S.) or Prime Video (for everywhere else) subscription.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.