After winning rave reviews in front of the camera for playing Batman in Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck will pull double duty by both starring in and directing the studio’s new thriller Live By Night. The actor-director shared the first look photo when filming began last October, but today we have the first trailer. The filmmaker will be going back to his roots with this film, in more ways than one.
The trailer, which debuted on YouTube, gives us our best look at the actor-director’s character Joe Coughlin, who hails from Boston just like the actor does. This story is also adapted from the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the book Gone Baby Gone that was adapted into the 2007 movie of the same name, which served as Ben Affleck’s directorial debut. Earlier this summer, Warner Bros. pushed Live By Night from its October 6, 2017 release date to 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 (Ben Affleck), 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.
The supporting cast includes Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning, Chris Sullivan, Anthony Michael Hall, Brendan Gleeson, Titus Welliver, Chris Messina, Chris Cooper, Max Casela and Derek Mears. Ben Affleck directs from his own adapted screenplay, based on Dennis Lehane’s novel. The prolific author has also written the books that Mystic River, Shutter Island and The Drop were based on.
While January isn’t typically a month filled with high-profile releases, January 2017 seems to be the exception to that rule. Live by Night will go up against Paramount’s Friday the 13th remake, Paramount’s Monster Trucks and 20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures. Take a look at the first trailer for Live By Night below.