Live by Night cast

Before being cast in Batman v SupermanBen Affleck was firming up a plan to direct a new Dennis Lehane adaptation, Live By Night. The Batman gig didn’t kill off the Lehane movie, however. Live By Night was only delayed, and now Affleck is moving forward with the project once more. Three women – Sienna Miller (above, in The Girl), Zoe Saldana, and Elle Fanning — are now set to play the primary female roles in the movie. Read more about the Live By Night cast below.  Read More »

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Debate continues to rage about Warner Bros. plans for their DC properties. We know Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming in 2016, and we’re pretty certain Justice League will follow in 2017. Beyond that, rumors of Flash/Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Shazam movies and more remain unconfirmed. One thing that has not been mentioned at all is a new Batman movie.

The rumored schedule through 2018 didn’t include a solo Batman film, something that’s a no-brainer for the studio now that Ben Affleck is in the cowl. However, the latest rumor that 2019 is when it will happen. The working title is simply The Batman. Read more about the new Batman movie below.
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Live By Night release date

The combined demands of promoting David Fincher’s Gone Girl (above) and acting in Zack Synder’s Batman vs. Superman have served to push back Ben Affleck’s next movie as director. For months Affleck has planned to make Live By Night, based on the book by Gone Baby Gone and Mystic River author Dennis Lehane. Affleck will still make the film, but it is now third in line behind the two aforementioned projects. Live By Night will have to cool its heels waiting for an evening in 2016. Info on that, and a few other Warner date changes, is below.   Read More »

Jersey Boys Affleck

Briefly: Warner Bros. has just given release dates to two upcoming Oscar hopefuls. Clint Eastwood‘s musical adaptation of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys, will be released next summer, on June 20, 2014.

Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, will be released December 25, 2015. That means he’ll shoot it after playing Batman in Batman vs. Superman, which has a release date set for five months prior to the new Live By Night date. You can read more about the projects at those links.

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UPDATE: News that Rosamund Pike would get the lead in Fincher’s next has now been confirmed. Also, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being eyed for roles. The original article follows.

With Oscar-winner Ben Affleck now set to play the questionable husband in David Fincher‘s next film, Gone Girl, he’s gonna need a wife to go missing. Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron had both been mentioned in the past but now it seems The World’s End actress Rosamund Pike is the front runner. She’d play the title character, a seemingly perfect wife who mysteriously disappears, leaving her husband as the likely suspect. Fincher is hoping to shoot in the film in September with Affleck likely to push his next film – Live By Night – back a few months. Read More »

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Just this morning there were gossip rag reports about Ben Affleck having a meeting with David Fincher, and here’s the result: the director has offered the actor a plum role in Gone Girl. Fincher is directing an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel for Fox, with an eye towards production this fall. With the role being tossed Affleck’s way, the big question is how this works with Affleck’s plan to direct his own new movie, Live by Night.

Affleck would play a man who becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, after she goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Reese Witherspoon is among the film’s producers, leading to suspicion that she might play the missing woman. That casting isn’t confirmed at this point.

Variety reports that the current idea is to push back Affleck’s directorial effort so that he can shoot the lead role in Fincher’s film this fall. Then he’d go into Live by Night in January.  Read More »

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It’s been six months since we heard that Ben Affleck‘s follow-up to Argo would likely mark the filmmaker’s return to Boston, as he targeted Dennis Lehane‘s novel Live By Night. Now there’s an actual timetable for the film that Affleck will write, direct, and star in. Appian Way will produce with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s company Pearl Street. It’s Affleck’s second turn with Lehane, who also wrote the book that became Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone.

Deadline reports that pre-production starts today. While Affleck is the only cast member at this point, things will likely pick up steam in a month or two as the film jogs towards a production start in August or September. The novel follows a police captains son, who becomes deeply involved in organized crime. The trick is that it’s a period piece, with the novel kicking off in the mid-’20s, and traveling eventually from Boston to Florida and Cuba.

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Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t even hit his forties yet, but he’s already been working steadily for over two decades. The past year’s seen him busier than ever, shooting roles in Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby, and The Wolf of Wall Street. You can hardly blame the guy, then, for craving a bit of a break.

In a recent interview, the actor alluded to his desire to put his acting career on the back burner for the time being. But a “break,” in this case, doesn’t necessarily mean sipping daiquiris by the pool (though we’d understand if he wanted to slot some time for that as well). Instead, he’s hoping to shift his focus to environmental work for the time being. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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