‘Live by Night’ Trailer: Our First Look at Ben Affleck’s Next Directorial Effort

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Image via Warner Bros.

The first trailer has been unveiled for Live by Night, the upcoming crime-drama starring, written by and directed by Ben Affleck.

The two-time Oscar winner plays Joe Coughlin, a war veteran and the son of a Boston Police Superintendent living in Prohibition era Boston. He’s a man that has long left behind his strict upbringing in exchange for the life of an outlaw, and while the spoils of criminal life can certainly provide easy sailing, it doesn’t always last.

Affleck takes on quite a lot of work with this adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel, and it looks like it will all be worth, at least if the strong trailer below is anything to go by. The film like looks like a sprawling crime tale, one backed by Affleck’s multiple duties (he also produces the picture), Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (Platoon, The Aviator, Django Unchained), and Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (The Insider, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo), among many other talented individuals putting in work behind the scenes.

There are many promising factors here, not even mentioning the fantastic cast, so here’s hoping for another Affleck-crafted winner.

Live by Night, also starring Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Eastwood, Chris Cooper, Titus Welliver, Anthony Michael Hall, and Chris Messina, arrives in Australia on January 12 and hits U.S. cinemas on January 13.

Synopsis for Live by Night:

“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.