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While Ben Affleck is known by many movie fans right now as the Batman, he's also an incredibly accomplished filmmaker in his own right. He's already won one Best Picture Oscar, and now, it appears he may have another shot at one. One of the stars of Live by Night, Affleck's latest directorial project, says that the movie is slated for a December release, which would put it smack in the middle of awards consideration.

Live by Night is the latest passion project by Ben Affleck. Based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane, Affleck is starring, directing, and producing the film. He also wrote the screenplay, another activity he has previously won an Academy Award for. Affleck has won critical acclaim nearly every time he has sat in the director's chair, including his work on The Town and most recently his Oscar winner Argo. Now, it appears Live by Night may follow suit. Elle Fanning, who co-stars alongside Affleck recently told WWD that the movie would be released this December. While the release date for Live by Night has jumped around the calendar, mostly due to Affleck's commitments to the DC universe, this is the first we've heard of the film being released this year. CinemaBlend has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment, but we have not heard back as of time of publication.

While this is the first we've heard of Live by Night hitting in December, it's not too surprising. The film was originally set for a December release in 2015, before delays in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice forced Ben Affleck to push the film back. Night was always looking at a fall release, until earlier this summer, when the release date was set for January 13, 2017. Now, it sounds like that may be the date that Live by Night sees wide release. It may, as many films looking for award consideration do, get a limited release in New York and Los Angeles in December. This could be what Elle Fanning is referring to.

It's also possible that the studio is looking to move up the entire release schedule and put Live by Night in wide release in December. Either decision clearly shows that Warner Bros. sees the film as a serious awards contender. We have yet to get the first trailer for Live by Night, so the rest of us will just have to wait and see if the movie is as good as others are implying. We know that Ben Affleck is an accomplished writer and director, however, so we tend to believe the hype.

Will you be adding Live by Night to your Oscar watch list? Let us know in the comments.