By Danielle Moskowitz

10/21/15

It has recently been announced that Chris Cooper signed on for Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Live by Night. Cooper is known for starring in American Beauty, The Bourne Identity, and The Patriot. He will be joining Vicky Cristina Barcelona’s Chris Messina, Maleficent’s Elle Fanning, Foxcatcher’s Sienna Miller and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Zoe Saldana in the cast. Ben Affleck will also be acting in the film. The Gone Girl and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star will be producing along with Jennifer Todd through their Pearl Street banner and Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran through their Appian Way banner.

Live by Night is based on the Dennis Lehane novel. It is set during the Prohibition Era and is a drama that examines the world of organized crime.

The cast has been eyeing Cooper for a while now but there were delays due to Affleck’s previous commitments to Gone Girl and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This forced the studio to hold off on giving out other offers.

Cooper and Affleck have previously worked together in Affleck’s The Town in which he portrayed Affleck’s father. Cooper will be playing a Florida sheriff in Live by Night.

Live by Night will be released in theaters in 2017.