added: Fri, Nov 11th '16
Ben Affleck goes from fighting crime as Batman to committing crime as a 1920s mobster in the new trailer for "Live by Night."
Set in the Prohibition-era world of bloodthirsty gangsters and based on the novel by best-selling crime author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), the film is Affleck's fourth directorial effort, following his 2012 Oscar-winning hostage thriller "Argo."
Affleck plays a WWI veteran (and the son of a prominent Boston police captain) who, after coming home from war, finds himself rebelling against his strait-laced upbringing as he gradually works his way up the ranks of organized crime to become one of the most powerful mobsters in Florida.
Three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight, The Aviator, Hugo, JFK) is responsible for the gorgeous visuals. Meanwhile, Affleck is surrounded by a strong supporting cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, and Chris Messina.
"Live by Night" will get an Oscar-qualifying run on Christmas Day, December 25, before expanding nationwide on 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.
directed by Ben Affleck
starring Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Scott Eastwood, Titus Welliver
release date December 25, 2016 (limited); January 13, 2017 (wide)