Talk about a very busy holiday period. Ben Affleck‘s “Live by Night” has officially been given the go-ahead for a limited release on Christmas, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. The film will also release wide on Jan. 13 as previously announced.
Awards pundits were quick to note that Jan. 13 is similar to the wide release date given to Clint Eastwood’s dark horse “American Sniper” in 2015. It ultimately received a limited awards season release in December, thus qualifying it for the Oscars, where it was nominated in six categories (and won for Best Sound Editing). A similar earlier release for “Live by Night” had not been confirmed, until now.
However, rumors of a December release swirled when co-star Elle Fanning let it slip in an interview with WWD. She told the outlet of the film, “That’s coming out in December, at the end of this year. That was incredible because [Ben] wrote it, he directed it and he’s in it. I had scenes with the director, you know? It’s intimidating. But I would love to direct, so it was cool to see how he works.”
“Live by Night” is directed and adapted for the screen by Affleck, and based on the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. The film stars Affleck, Fanning, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina and Chris Cooper. The news could mean more Oscar glory for Affleck, who most recently saw his film “Argo” win Best Picture in 2013.
“Live by Night” is a story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Stay tuned for more updates on “Live by Night.”