Fresh from playing an autistic accountant who makes his living uncooking the books for crime syndicates in The Accountant, Ben Affleck is back for next year’s first must-see gangster flick, Live by Night.

Live by Night Film Trailer

Live by Night will be the third film directed by Affleck and the second he’s directed/written following the success of Argo and 2010’s brilliant The Town. We love a gangster film and it’s been a while since we’ve had one we could really sink our teeth into, but following the final trailer which has just been released, we’re quietly very encouraged by Live by Night.

Based on Dennis Lahane’s novel of the same name, Affleck stars as Joe Coughlin, a war veteran and son of police chief, who moves to Tampa, Florida from Boston to run a gang during the Prohibition era. Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Coughlin heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code.

Live by Night Trailer
While he may have received a fair amount of flak for his role in Batman v Superman, we’ve always liked Affleck, and he’s always impressed as a director. It’s also interesting that Live by Night is set to be released slap-bang in the middle of awards-qualifying season, meaning Warner Bros. clearly have high hopes for the film.

The trailer is excellent with the filming appearing to have struck that fine balance between grit and glamour that all gangster films need to be successful. That should be no real surprise given Tarantino’s go-to cinematographer Robert Richardson is board!

Co-starring Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina and Elle Fanning, Live by Night is set for release over here in the UK on the 13th January 2017. Check out the full trailer below.

Live by Night Trailer Poster

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