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Watch the trailer for The Runner, 15 years in the making

Watch the trailer for The Runner, 15 years in the making
A scene from Verizon go90's trailer for The Runner.

The Ben Affleck and Matt Damon-produced series The Runner has a long, sordid 15-year history, but it’s finally happening, and now it has its very own trailer which calls the show “the biggest game ever played.”

Because The Runner will be shot and broadcast in real time this July, and finals casting isn’t scheduled to take place until the beginning of June, the footage isn’t from the actual series. There’s also a lot of parkour here, which may or may not be a skill the actual runner brings.

But it does well showing off what this could be, which is basically teams of people chasing one person across the country. And there’s interesting point-of-view camera angles from the runner, suggesting parts of it could resemble the recent movie Hardcore, which was filmed by stunt performers wearing GoPro cameras. (The trailer kind of falls apart when it gets to the “you” part, showing how viewers will participate, perhaps because it’s hard to make that exciting with stock footage or whatever is used here.)

The series will be broadcast on Verizon’s go90 platform starting July 1.

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