One of the more high profile films premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival is The Company Men, written and directed by John Wells, and starring Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, Chris Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones and Maria Bello, among others. Throughout his very successful career writing, producing and directing for television, John Wells has won six Emmy Awards (most notably for his work on The West Wing) and he's been nominated over 30 times for a wide range of awards. While he's produced a number of films over the years (Motherhood, Gigantic and I'm Not There, to name a few recent ones) and scripted films like 2008's Invisible Man, The Company Men marks Wells' first time behind the camera on a feature film.

Cinematical briefly chatted up Wells as part of our exclusive Sundance Primer series in an effort to learn a little more about the film before it screens in the Premieres section at Sundance next week. (Additionally, you can check out the newly released trailer after the jump.)

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John Wells: What happens to three men in the year after they're fired from their jobs working for a major corporation, with Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Kevin Costner.