A still from “Lawless” or the movie formerly known as “Wettest Country in the World,” starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf is definitely at the top of my must see list. It will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this May.
The cast is so exciting. Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Gary Oldman. I’m especially excited to see Dane Dehaan and Jason Clarke- two actors who have multiple movies coming out in the next year that look promising. Clarke has Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Great Gatsby” ahead, while Dehaan follows “Lawless” with “Kill Your Darlings” (or the movie I’m already completely obsessed with).
Here’s the plot summary for “Lawless”
“Gangster meets Western in LAWLESS, the true story of the freewheelin’ Bondurant brothers, bootlegging siblings taking the law into their own hands. This is the story of the rural hard-men that created the big city gangsters. Brazen and fearless, these young rebel brothers helped build the American Dream in this exuberant tale of what was to become crime’s first major gold rush. The youngest brother, JACK (Shia LaBeouf), fancies himself the next Al Capone; he dreams of sharp suits, guns, girls and fast cars, no matter the cost. Ambitious and impulsive, he takes the family’s small-scale moonshining operation to the big leagues, to impress the gorgeous but off-limits Amish girl, BERTHA (Mia Wasikowska). The middle brother, HOWARD (Jason Clarke), is the brawling muscle – loyal but reckless – never one to turn down a taste of white lightning. And eldest brother, FORREST (Tom Hardy), reluctantly accepts the changing times with grace and grit, leading the family with strength of character and silent determination against the beginnings of corporate greed. An enigmatic and stunning MAGGIE (Jessica Chastain) comes to town with a hidden past, igniting his passion and almost saving him in the process. As the Bondurants’ legend grows, so too does the danger, and it’s not long before the brothers must face the consequences of their transgressions, or rewrite the myth and the law themselves.”