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Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” got its first trailer on Thursday, showing Affleck slipping deep into organized crime in an intense gangster tale.

“You don’t think I’m strong enough?” Affleck asks a woman played by Zoe Saldana.

“I don’t know if you’re cruel enough,” she answers, to which Affleck replies: “Powerful men don’t have to be cruel.”

Warner Bros.’ “Live By Night” is based on the book by Dennis Lehane. Set in the roaring ’20s, the thriller follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck), the son of the Boston police superintendent, who turns his back on his strict upbringing for the temptations of being an outlaw. But after he crosses a powerful mob boss, he’s propelled out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld.

The film marks Affleck’s return to the directing chair following his Oscar-winning turn in “Argo.” Along with Affleck and Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina and Elle Fanning also star.

Affleck, who also adapted the screenplay, produced the movie along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Jennifer Todd. It marks the second time Affleck has delved into Lehane’s world, following 2007’s “Gone Baby Gone.”

“Live By Night” recently moved from its Oct. 20, 2017, release date, and hits theaters on Jan. 13, 2017.