LABOR DAY

Briefly: John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Proposition) can dredge whatever material he wants up out of the depths of his mind and it probably won’t generate the ridiculous controversy set in motion by his thoroughly non-controversial Super Bowl Coke ad. So the film Triple Nine, about “a group of crooked cops who plan to kill one of their own so they can cover up a major heist,” probably won’t move the needle in a way even vaguely like the Coke ad did.

But it will have a great cast: Kate Winslet has signed on for the long-gestating picture. She joins a cast that still includes Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who have been attached to the film for a while. Matt Cook scripted, and as far as we know his draft remains the basis for the film. [Variety]

Update: Michael B. Jordan, who had been linked to the film last year, has also been confirmed as being in talks, and Deadline reports that Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, and Michael Pena are also in talks to join.

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Casey Affleck / Michael B Jordan / Chiwetel Ejiofor

Three of this year’s hottest stars are teaming up for director John Hillcoat. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, and Casey Affleck have just boarded Hillcoat’s crime drama Triple Nine, joining the previously announced Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett.

That’s a cast to rival Hillcoat’s last star-studded affair, the bootlegging pic Lawless. Which is really saying something, since the roster for that one included Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan, and Guy Pearce. More about Triple Nine, including Ejiofor, Jordan, and Affleck’s roles, after the jump.

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Earlier today we showed you some B-roll behind the scenes footage from John Hillcoat‘s new film Lawless, which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska in a bootlegging tale with support from Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. Now there is a red-band trailer to advertise the film’s August 29 release. In truth, there isn’t too much here that wasn’t in the couple all-ages trailers we’ve already seen — a bit of nudity here and there is what marks this as “adults only.” But there is an appeal to this trailer beyond that, as it leaves behind some of the flashy and too-modern feeling editing elements that some audiences found distracting in previous trailers.

Check out the not entirely new, but still relatively fresh look at Lawless below. Read More »

After a long development process, which nearly resulted in the film being canceled overall, John Hillcoat‘s latest film Lawless (formerly The Wettest County and The Wettest County in the World) is about to hit theaters. We’ve seen a couple trailers, and some great info graphics that collate info about the film’s tale of bootleggers and rouge lawmen.

Now we’ve got two good collections of behind the scenes B-roll footage that shows Hillcoat on set with key actors Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Guy PearceMia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, and Shia LaBeouf. Pete mentioned them in Page 2 yesterday, but some of this footage is too much fun to leave there. While some behind the scenes footage reveals how much trickery goes into making a film work (see the recent The Avengers gag reel and Captain America’s cheap-looking costume) other times we see just how legit some sets and costuming can look even without much post-production magic. That’s the case here. Check out ten minutes of footage below. Read More »

The Weinstein Company is banking on the popularity of The Dark Knight Rises to really elevate the public perception of Tom Hardy, and so now isn’t such a bad time to release a new trailer showing off TWC’s Hardy-starring film, Lawless. We’ve followed this one for quite some time, as John Hillcoat‘s bootlegging tale, scripted by Nick Cave based on Matt Bondurant‘s book The Wettest County in the World, died and came back to life over a year ago.

The first trailer was pretty great, especially as it showed off some crazed work from supporting actors Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. Now there’s a new trailer that minimizes co-star Shia LaBeouf in favor of pushing Tom Hardy to the fore; I don’t think many people are going to mind.

In addition, TWC has released an infographic breaking down the guns used by the main characters. Not a typical marketing tactic, but it’s a neat little chart. Check out both below. Read More »

I don’t necessarily love this current trend of churning out character posters for every single actor in an ensemble cast, but when the line-up is as good as this one, I can’t complain. Seven new character posters have dropped for John Hillcoat‘s Prohibition-era thriller Lawless, showing stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, and Mia Wasikowska each trying their best to give off a tough-guy (or girl) glower. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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“Do you have any idea what a Thompson submachine gun does to a mortal?”

Oh, man, here we go. We’ve waited a long time to see footage from John Hillcoat‘s new film Lawless, formerly titled The Wettest County. Based on Matt Bondurant‘s book The Wettest County in the World, the film had a long pre-production history and nearly didn’t happen, until Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures saved the day.

And so Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke are the bootlegging Bondurant brothers who have to contend with the attentions of some powerful and jealous authorities, with Guy Pearce looking like he’s having the time of his life as the agent on the trail of the boys. Gary Oldman has his part, too, and Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and more fill out the cast.

A trailer has just hit for Lawless, and it looks fantastic.

Update: Seems like Yahoo posted the trailer too soon, because they pulled it briefly. The embed below seems to be working for most people now, however.

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