LIVE BY NIGHT: Lehane-based drama to get limited Dec 25 release

Somebody wants more awards.

In a move designed to qualify for 2016 awards, Warner Bros has announced that LIVE BY NIGHT, the Ben Affleck directed Dennis Lehane drama, will have a limited release on December 25th. The nation wide release will remain Jan. 13. Interestingly enough, the 25th had previously been set for the national release, only to be pushed back into January.

“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.

In addition to acting as director and screenwriter, Affleck stars as Coughlin, along with Elle Fanning (Loretta Figgis), Brendan Gleeson (Thomas Coughlin), Chris Messina (Dion Bartolo), Sienna Miller (Emma Gould), Zoe Saldana (Graciella Corrales), Chris Cooper (Irving Figgis), Scott Eastwood (Danny Coughlin) and Titus Welliver (Tim Hickey).

The film will be the fifth Dennis Lehane based film and the second directed by Affleck, who made his directorial debut with GONE BABY GONE.