After it’s selection by the Cannes Film Festival, it was only a matter of time before The Weinstein Co. released a trailer for Lawless, the adaptation of the novel “The Wettest Country in the World” about a bootlegging family in depression era in rural Virginia. Directed by John Hillcoat, the film stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce.
Though the title is disappointingly bland, Lawless is on the lists of many people as a must see film and after watching that trailer its not difficult to see why. Prohibition era story telling can be incredibly thrilling (see Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) and this movie looks like it could be in that vein. While the final film probably won’t be as action packed as this trailer, Hillcoat isn’t know for fast paced films, the trailer does give off the vibe of how the action fits into the story. It helps that every few beats there seems to be a new actor popping up into the trailer. It’s great to see these actors getting scenery to chew and of those starring, Tom Hardy stands out as the older bootlegging brother. His star has been on a meteoric rise with roles in Inception, Warrior and Bronson and with this film and The Dark Knight Rises, he’ll be enjoying quite the summer.
The official synopsis for the film: “LAWLESS is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County in the World”, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave.”