Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Affleck, Gleeson, & Lehane
“Live by Night”

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By Tom Deignan, Contributor
June / July 2016

The Affleck family just can’t seem to get enough of Irish American novelist Dennis Lehane.

Hollywood’s latest Batman, Ben Affleck, is going to get back in touch with his more gritty side (The Town, Good Will Hunting) by bringing one of Lehane’s Joe Coughlin novels to the big screen as a director. Entitled Live by Night, the book is the second in a trilogy of books set in the early 20th century revolving around a Boston Irish gangster named Joe Coughlin. The stellar cast for Live by Night, thus far, includes celebrated Irish actor Brendan Gleeson as well as Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper and Elle Fanning. This is not the first time Ben Affleck has directed a movie based on a book by Lehane (whose parents were Irish immigrants). Back in 2007, Affleck directed Gone Baby Gone, a book in Lehane’s popular Kenzie-Gennaro series. The film even starred Affleck’s brother Casey. Look for Live by Night around the fall of 2017, when movie studios begin to roll out their prestige pictures for Oscar consideration. ♦

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