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If you're a fan of crime dramas, Ben Affleck, the roaring '20s, gangsters who smoke cigarettes stylishly or all of the above, today is your lucky day, because Warner Bros. just dropped the official first trailer for Live By Night.

Directed by Affleck himself, the movie is a passion project adapted from Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name, and focused on a Florida small-town where a Boston criminal, Joe Coughlin, settles and immediately begins to make his presence felt. Check out the trailer below.

This is not Affleck's first time directing, and those who saw the excellent heist thriller The Town will probably notice some striking similarities between the two movies. In both, Affleck plays a criminal who aspires to be a somewhat decent human being, but can't seem to find a way (or the will) to go straight or follow his own moral compass.

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Live By Night has a pretty stellar supporting cast, including Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) and Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon), but it's Affleck's central performance, balancing a little bit of Batman's ruthlessness and a dose of his Gone Girl bad boy charm, which seems designed to potentially get this movie some Oscars recognition next February.

The trailer leaves some ambiguity about how Coughlin's story will turn out — but this being a period gangster movie, you can bet at least one love interest will die while a whole lot of blood is shed, and if Affleck's hero does survive the movie, he'll probably be left with nothing but a few cigarettes and a case full of regret. It seems guaranteed to be a fun ride.

Chin up, Ben. (Warner Bros.)
Chin up, Ben. (Warner Bros.)

Affleck is also starring in just about every DC movie imaginable, next to be seen in Justice League (November 2017) before directing his own solo movie, The Batman. Live By Night hits theaters in the US January 13.

Are you excited to see Live By Night?