After working together on “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town” and “Argo,” director Ben Affleck has cast his good-luck charm Titus Welliver as a powerful mobster in Warner Bros.’ prohibition-era crime drama “Live By Night,” TheWrap has learned.
A representative for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, “Live By Night” stars Affleck as Joe Coughlin, the son of a prominent police captain, who enters a world of organized crime that takes him from Boston to Florida and Havana, Cuba.
According to insiders, Welliver will play Tim Hickey, the boss of Joe’s gang who serves as a mentor to the younger man.
Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Max Casella, Scott Eastwood, Anthony Michael Hall and Chris Cooper will co-star in the film, which Affleck and his Pearl Street partner Jennifer Todd are producing with Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran.
Warner Bros. will release “Live By Night” in 2017 — five years after the studio released Affleck’s Oscar-winning thriller “Argo.”
Welliver, who currently stars on Amazon’s original series “Bosch,” counts “Deadwood,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “The Good Wife” among his TV credits, and he also played the Man in Black on “Lost.”
In addition to Affleck’s three movies, Welliver’s feature credits include “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and Gus Van Sant‘s “Promised Land.” He’s represented by Paradigm and Leverage Management.