Earlier tonight Warner Bros. released the amazing first official trailer for Ben Affleck's fourth directorial effort, Live by Night!
The new film is based on Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name and follows Joe Coughlin, "the prodigal son of Boston police captain who works his way up from bootlegger to notorious Florida ganster." Interesting to note, if any of you guys like to connect filmmakers' characters throughout their films together, notice that Ben Affleck's character in Live by Night is Joe Coughlin, and in The Town Jeremy Renner's character is James Coughlin. Since I haven't read the two novels the films are based on, I'm assuming the characters are related some way or another. Maybe this is all just by chance.
Very cool stuff, and I'm very excited to see if Ben Affleck can continue his hot streak, following Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Live by Night. Affleck also adapted the screenplay himself and brought on acclaimed cinematographer Robert Richardson (The Hateful Eight, The Aviator). What about you guys and gals, can this one live up to the hype?
The period gangster drama also sports a stellar ensemble cast with Ben Affleck himself not only behind the camera, but also as the lead Joe Coughlin along with Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Scott Eastwood, Chris Cooper, Titus Welliver, Anthony Michael Hall, and Chris Messina.
Check out the official trailer below and sound off in the comments section with your thoughts. As always thanks for stopping by EastCoastMovieGuys!
Here’s the official 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.
Live by Night is set to hit theaters on January 13th, 2017.
SOURCE: Warner Bros.