Saturday, 20 September 2014

Zoe Saldana set to Live By Night

As filming continues on Zack Snyders (Man Of Steel) Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the future Dark Knight Ben Affleck (Runner Runner) is already keeping one eye on his next job, which is set be Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island) adaptation Live By Night. Affleck has already begun casting on the film, hiring Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness), Sienna Miller (Stardust) and Elle Fanning (Maleficent) for three key roles.

The plot finds Lehane taking some of the characters from previous novel The Given Day and tracking them into the Prohibition era. Our main focus is Joe Coughlin, a police captain's son who finds himself caught up in organised crime as part of a rum smuggling organisation that transports booze from Cuba to Boston via Florida.

Miller is set to play Emma, a girl Joe falls for and who just so happens to be the girlfriend of his mobster boss. Awkward! Saldana will be Graciella Suarez, who Coughlin meets in Tampa when he moves into the Floridian crime structure. Fanning, meanwhile, will play the sheriff's daughter Loretta Figgis, an aspiring actress who finds herself in a world of trouble.

It's certainly no shock to see Affleck back in Lehane's crime-ridden territory: after all, he launched his directorial career to great acclaim with a take on the Lehane's 1998 book Gone Baby Gone (2007). But this one's likely to take a while, so we're guessing that it will land sometime in 2016 rather than next year.

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