After a year that has seen Ben Affleck suit up twice as Batman for Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the actor-filmmaker is getting behind the camera once again, starting production today on Live by Night. Earlier today, Ben Affleck shared the first shot from the first day of principal photography, which showcases two unidentified actors, an older man and a young boy, walking along a wooden path. With production just getting under way, hopefully the filmmaker shares more images from the set.
Live By Night marks Ben Affleck's fourth directorial effort, following 2007's Gone Baby Gone, 2010's The Town and 2012's Argo, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. This also marks the second time the mutli-hyphenate has adapted a Dennis Lehane novel, following Gone Baby Gone, with the filmmaker writing the adapted screenplay himself. The adaptation was initially supposed to start filming in 2013, but that didn't happen because the actor committed to starring in Gone Girl for 20th Century Fox and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for Warner Bros.
Live by Night is based the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, which follows Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of a police captain who gets dragged into the world of organized crime. The story is set in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s. Zoe Saldana also stars as Graciella Suarez, who Joe meets while he's on business in Tampa. Sienna Miller plays Emma, who Joe falls for towards the beginning of the story, while Elle Fanning plays Loretta Figgis, a sheriff's daughter and aspiring actress who gets into trouble. The supporting cast also includes Chris Cooper and Chris Messina.
Warner Bros.' had initially set a December 25, 2015 release date back in 2013, which was then pushed to October 7, 2016, and now the studio is planning on releasing the adaptation sometime in 2017. Ben Affleck is also producing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Jennifer Todd. It isn't known how long principal photography is slated to last on Live by Night, but we'll keep you posted with any updates from the set.
There have been rumors that Warner Bros' was so impressed with Ben Affleck's Batman performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that the studio offered him a deal to star in and direct a stand alone trilogy of Batman movies. That hasn't been confirmed yet, but with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad slated for 2016, and Live by Night set for 2017, there certainly won't be any shortage of the actor on the big screen over the next few years. Take a look at the first photo from the Live by Night set.