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Warner Bros. has set a Dec. 25 limited release date for Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” — placing the period crime drama in possible awards contention.

“Live by Night,” Affleck’s first directorial effort since “Argo,” will expand into wide release on Jan. 13 as previously announced.

The film is based on Dennis Lehane’s Prohibition-era crime novel and stars Affleck, Sienna Miller, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper, and Elle Fanning. Affleck directed from his own adapted script.

Shooting began in October in Georgia.

Affleck plays the son of a Boston police captain who becomes a bootlegger and rum-runner in Florida during the ’20s. Affleck is producing through his Pearl Street banner along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson through their Appian Way company. Jennifer Todd is also producing.

Warner Bros. originally acquired the rights to Lehane’s novel in 2012 with the intention of DiCaprio starring.

The original release date was to be Dec. 25, 2015, with Warner pushing back the opening twice.