While he might have assumed the role of Gotham’s greatest protector in the DC Cinematic Universe, Ben Affleck is about to go full gangster in his ambitious crime epic Live By Night, which has just released its first trailer.
Set at the height of the Great Depression, ambitious criminal Joe Coughlin (Affleck), the prodigal son of a decorated police captain, becomes a bootlegger, and later a notorious gangster, as he seeks to claim his own personal American Dream.
Affleck has long been considered one of the greatest directors of contemporary cinema with works that include the Oscar-winning Argo, and intense crime thriller The Town. Live by Night looks like another stellar job by the actor/director which Affleck has jam packed with gripping period detail and gangster violence.
Affleck has adapted the story from the novel by award-winning crime author Denis Lehane, with whom he previously worked with on his directorial debut Gone Baby Bone. Live by Night‘s gritty subject matter is a perfect match for Affleck, and he has filled out the supporting cast out with terrific performers including Zoe Saldana, Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning, Titus Welliver, Scott Eastwood, Sienna Miller and Chris Cooper.
Live by Night could well see Affleck making a run for another Oscar at next year’s Academy Awards following its release on January 12 in New Zealand and Australia, and on January 13, 2017 in the US and UK.