The cast of John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World keeps getting more wonderful. Revived from limbo a few months ago, the film was already set to star Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf as the core members of the bootlegging Bondurant family and Jessica Chastain as a close associate. Jason Clarke signed on not long ago.

Now Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman are on board, and Mia Wasikowska, who has been rumored for a few weeks, is confirmed as well. Read More »

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Orlando Bloom continues his return to the screen after being absent for most of the past four years. He shot a role in Paul WS Anderson’s The Three Musketeers and will reprise his career-originating role of Legolas in The Hobbit. But before he gets back into breeches and latex ear appliances he’ll play poet Robert Graves in The Laureate.

The film is written and directed by William Nunez, and follows the life of Robert Graves, his wife Nancy Nicholson (Kerry Condon) and poet Laura Riding (Imogen Poots), specifically with respect to the open love triangle between them as they lived in London and Cairo. [Screen Daily]

After the break, Jonas Åkerlund makes Small Apartments and one more joins John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World. Read More »

Late last year, it looked like John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) would direct an adaptation of the Matt Bondurant book The Wettest County in the World, possibly with Shia LaBeouf and Ryan Gosling in the lead roles. The name of the film was changed to The Promised Land when it appeared at the 2009 American Film Market, but financing never came together and in January of this year the film was pronounced dead.

And now — huzzah! –  it seems to be back from the grave, once again using the title The Wettest County in the World. Shia LaBeouf remains part of the project, but other rumored male co-stars have given way to a new actor who will join him: Tom Hardy. Read More »

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OK, don’t get too worried yet: this is just talk of interest in a film, not even ‘attachment’ or anything else. But John Hillcoat and Shia LaBeouf were talking about working together earlier this year when The Promised Land, based on the novel The Wettest County in the World seemed like a going concern, before it went to pieces.

Now the two are evidently interested in a crime drama spec script called Triple Nine. Read More »

John Hillcoat, the filmmaker behind The Road and The Proposition, has directed a new commercial for Levi’s titled “Ready to Work”. The commercial is “a tribute to the new pioneers of Braddock, PA.”

When the steel mills closed in Braddock, PA, they left behind a dwindling population living in near apocalyptic circumstances. Now, a new generation of urban pioneers has come with a mission- to create a new frontier from the ashes of the once vibrant town.

Instead of using models or actors, the spots use the residents of the actual community. The New York Times says the advertising campaign will play up the concept that the Braddock residents are “descendants of the pioneers who first wore Levi’s in the 1870s.” Watch the commercial directed by Hillcoat, embedded after the jump.
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Red Dead Redemption

Last month we told you that director John Hillcoat would be directing a 30-minute trailer/machinima/short film for Rockstar Games newest video game, Red Dead Redemption. The short gives us “a glimpse inside the life of partially reformed outlaw John Marston as he journeys through the vanishing American west seeking out his former brothers in arms, all in the name of justice.” Basically, it looks like one long cut scene from the game. Seeing billboards advertising for this game all around Los Angeles, I’ve been very tempted to pick it up (who says advertising doesn’t work?).

As David said previously, “Hillcoat’s 2009 film The Road proved that Hillcoat has the ability to craft a dark, thematically rich drama, but Hillcoat’s Proposition also showed that he has a knack for westerns.” Which is likely why he was hired to helm this effort. The trailer is now online, and embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Jean-Pierre Melville‘s film Le Cercle Rouge (aka The Red Circle) has been possible remake fodder for years. John Woo had his eye on it at one time (he’s long been a Melville devotee) and over the last couple of years it looked like Johnnie To was going to direct his own version. (Which was an idea that thrilled me, frankly.) Now John Hillcoat is being pursued as the latest director, and is actually talking about the project, at least in cautious terms. Read More »

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Because John Hillcoat has a strange machinima mini-film coming out to promote the game Red Dead Redemption later this week, I’ve been wondering about his other upcoming projects. And now we’ve got a report that Vacancy and The Hold 3D writer Mark L. Smith is writing The Revenant, which Hillcoat will direct, with Christian Bale currently in talks to star. If that isn’t enough for Smith, he’s got a couple of other big scripts going, including a remake of the firebrand French film Martyrs. Read More »

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