These days, Ben Affleck’s name rarely appears in the headlines unless the story is related to his role as Batman in the DC Extended Universe. So with that in mind, you would almost be forgiven if you somehow managed to forget that long before he was the Dark Knight, Affleck was an accomplished director with a near-flawless resume.
Luckily, spending several months in a cape and cowl hasn’t prevented Affleck from getting behind the camera again, and we’re just a few months away from his first directorial effort since 2012’s Argo, which took home the Academy Award for Best Picture. Adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane, Live By Night finds Affleck once again returning to Boston, where he’ll chart the rise of a cop’s son from low-level enforcer to notorious gangster during the Prohibition Era.
Check out the debut trailer for Live By Night below.
I’ve always found the Prohibition Era to be one of the most fascinating times in our country’s history, and as such I’m generally drawn to stories from that period – I probably enjoyed Lawless more than most people, and I think Boardwalk Empire is one of HBO’s all-time best productions. But I feel like even the unbiased would have to agree that this is a fantastic trailer. Live By Night was already one of my most anticipated films on the horizon, and after seeing this footage, it can’t arrive soon enough.
With a supporting cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Eastwood, Chris Cooper, Titus Welliver, Anthony Michael Hall, and Chris Messina, the film is scheduled to receive an awards-qualifying limited release sometime in December – so if you live in New York or Los Angeles, you may have an opportunity to catch it a few weeks before the general public.
Everyone else can expect to find Live By Night at their local theater beginning January 13, 2017.
Live by Night is set in the roaring `20s when Prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and Joe Coughlin, the son of the Boston Police Superintendent, long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and Joe breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting Joe on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.