'The Town' trailer: Ben Affleck a thief, Blake Lively a stripper



As audiences flock to see "Inception" opening weekend, they'll get a glimpse of a "The Town," the latest Ben Affleck-starring vehicle.

Based on Chuck Hogan's crime novel "Prince of Thieves," "The Town" centers on Doug MacRay, a career thief whose last bank robbery with his gang has changed his life. Naturally, it's a woman at the heart of his dilemma: Claire ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona's" Rebecca Hall) the bank manager whose life was traumatized by the robbery.

Doug and Claire begin to have feelings for each other, but unbeknownst to Claire, he's at the heart of her turmoil.

The excellent Jeremy Renner stars as a fellow thief, "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm as the FBI agent out to hunt Doug and "Gossip Girl's" Blake Lively as a Boston stripper.

What's kind of sad is that the trailer also touts that it's "From the acclaimed director of 'Gone Baby Gone,'" a great movie in its own right. But, um, that acclaimed director was Ben Affleck. Why can't they mention that he did it? Can't people respect him as an actual filmmaker yet?

So far so good. Intriguing trailer, great cast, good director. We'll be there when "The Town" opens for business on Sept. 10.

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