Final ‘Live by Night’ Trailer: Gangster Drama in Ben Affleck’s Next Directorial Effort

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Image via Warner Bros.
Image via Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has dropped the final trailer for Live by Night, the next directorial effort from Ben Affleck.

Set in the prohibition era, Live by Night tells of Joe Coughlin (Affleck), a WWI vet and son of a Boston Police Deputy Superintendent who climbs up the crime underworld while carrying a moral code that leaves him vulnerable.

There’s no denying that Affleck has become one of the finest directors working in Hollywood today. Gone Baby Gone, The Town and the Best Picture-winning Argo all showcased his skills, and Live by Night looks like yet another strong entry.

Affleck’s promising drama boasts cinematography by Robert Richardson (Kill Bill, Hugo, Django Unchained), editing by William Goldenberg (Heat, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo) and production design by Jess Gonchor (No Country for Old Men, Moneyball), not to mention that great cast. If this ends up being as good as it looks, we’ll have even more confidence for Affleck’s upcoming Batman film.

Live by Night, also starring Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Cooper, will hit the US on January 13 and arrives in Australia on January 26.

Synopsis for Live by Night:

What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love. Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.

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