New 'Live by Night' Trailer Thinks Powerful Men Don't Have to Be Cruel

New 'Live by Night' Trailer Thinks Powerful Men Don't Have to Be Cruel

Nov 11, 2016

Live By Night

UPDATE 11/11/16: A second trailer for Live By Night has hit online. Check it out at the bottom of the post.

Previously: Ten years ago, Ben Affleck resuscitated his sagging movie career, first by giving a finely-tuned performance as George Reeves (also known as Superman) in Hollywoodland and then by making Gone Baby Gone, a moody mystery that was his directorial debut, the following year.

While Affleck is still best known as an actor, the films he's directed since then have reflected his growing talents and ambitions. The Town showed he could handle action as well as atmospheric drama and Argo introduced a lighter touch that fit the thrills of the 1980 U.S. hostage crisis in Iran.

For his next movie as a director, Affleck is rewinding the clock far deeper into the past. Live By Night is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, the Boston-based author of the novel that served as source material for Gone Baby Gone. The story follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck), the son of a police captain in Boston who defies his father by entering a life of crime during the Prohibition Era in 1926, which eventually leads him to Florida and then to Cuba.

Now the first trailer has arrived and, frankly, it looks fantastic. Have a look below.


Trailer 1

Affleck, who also wrote the screenplay, has assembled a terrific cast that includes Sienna Miller as the budding gangster's first love, Elle Fanning as a fiery young preacher and Zoe Saldana as a Cuban revolutionary and love interest. The project began development in 2012 as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio before Affleck came on board later that year. Judging by the trailer, Affleck clearly has an affinity for the material and we can't wait to see the movie in its entirety.


Trailer 2

Live by Night is set for release in theaters on January 13, 2017.

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