Ben Affleck is slowly but surely becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities as a director and even an actor at this point. In 2012, Affleck’s third directorial ‘Argo’ won best picture at the Oscars which he also produced and starred in. His two movies before that ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘The Town’ were both beloved by critics. With all this put into consideration, most of the film world, including myself, are very much looking forward to anything this guy does.
Well about a year ago Affleck announced that the next movie he will direct is titled ‘Live by Night’ which will be an adaptation of Dennis Lehan’s novel of the same title. Lehan has also written novels such as Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, and Shutter Island whom all have been adapted into successful movies, one of which Affleck has directed. ‘Live by Night’ will be a crime-drama which is described as followed on IMDB:
A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
All signs point to this movie being a success and if that isn’t enough for you then the addition of a few new cast members should get you excited for this film. Reports have came out that ‘Live by Night’ has added Sienna Miller ( Stardust, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Zoe Zaldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy), and Elle Fanning ( Super 8, Maleficent). I first read this news on screenrant.com and to be honest I couldn’t be happier with the addition of these castings.
I am not too familiar with Sienna Miller but I do remember her from Rise of Cobra and she was serviceable but working with a director like Affleck could bring out a special performance from her (look what he did with Blake Lively in The Town), depending on how big her role is.
The most interesting casting to me is Zoe Saldana. We just saw her in Guardians and most of us loved her but I haven’t seen her in too many dramatic roles so I’m curious as to what type of role she will be playing.
And last, but not least, Elle Fanning is a good casting choice if you ask me. Everything I’ve seen her in I thought she was very good for a young actress and she is only going to get better. This is a great career move for her, so early in her career, working with Affleck in a more serious, dramatic film.
Affleck is busy working on some other film titled Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice but I’m sure he’s hard at work on the script of ‘Live by Night’ and he will get right to pre-production once he’s done starring as Batman. ‘Live by Night’ is currently set for an October 7, 2016 release. Will you guys be seeing this film once it comes out? And what do you think of these castings? Express your thoughts!
Sources: screenrant.com , IMDB, comingsoon.net, google images