A couple years ago John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) stared the process of adapting Matt Bondurant‘s novel The Wettest County in the World. The film stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and many more in the story of a bootlegging family. The title was soon shortened down to The Wettest County. But now, just a bit prior to the film’s August 31 opening, the movie has a new title: Lawless.

Trouble is, Lawless is what Terrence Malick had been planning to call one of his two films he’s shooting this year with Christian Bale. The good news is, Hillcoat’s team asked for the name, and Malick graciously gave it up. Read More »

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A year ago, we thought we’d see John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County by the end of 2011. By the end of last year, we had a new release date: April 20. Now it seems we’ll have to wait even longer, as The Weinstein Co. has pushed the opening back again, this time to August 31. It’s disappointing news, not only because we’re eager to see the film but also because it’s a date that suggests the studio isn’t giving it much of a chance. Labor Day weekend is generally one of the slowest of any given year, and it’s usually a bad sign for a movie when the studio dumps it into that slot.

Based on “mostly true” events, Hillcoat’s historical drama centers around a group of brothers (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jason Clarke) who get into the bootlegging business in Prohibition-era Virginia. Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce, and Gary Oldman also star. More after the jump.

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‘The Wettest County’ Set For April 2012 Release

There was a point earlier this year when it looked like we might see John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County by the end of the year. The Weinstein Company picked up the film, originally called The Wettest County in the World, at Cannes, and it seemed reasonable to assume that a bootlegging tale from the director of The Proposition and The Road starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf might be a solid year-end release.

But the Weinsteins, focused as ever on awards season, have already pegged The Artist, The Iron Lady and My Week With Marilyn as the company’s year-end contenders. So The Wettest County is now set to arrive in April 2012. Read More »

FilmDistrict, the company spun off from Graham King’s GK FIlms, has been very busy at Cannes. The company has picked up distribution rights to the 3D version of Arabian Nights that we reported on a while back, starring Liam Hemsworth, as well as the Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel romcom Playing the Field.

And now that the lousy announcements are out of the way, there are these, too: FilmDistrict is teaming with TriStar to release Rian Johnson‘s film Looper (we just had the first still from that one on Friday) and Angelina Jolie‘s directorial debut, which now has the title In the Land of Blood and Honey. More info on all four films, after the break. Read More »

The Georgia shoot for John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World has wrapped, and just in time to commemorate that milestone, producer Cassian Elwes has revealed a few new low-res looks at the film. The primary photo he sent out shows Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf as the three lead characters, the Bondurant brothers, as introduced in Matt Bondurant‘s book that inspired the film. We’ve already seen one shot of Shia LaBeouf in costume, but if you’re looking forward to this one as much as we are, any little look is a bonus.

There are a few other low-quality photos that the producer shared, after the break, which also give a very rough look at Mia Wasikowska in character. Read More »

One of the films I’m most excited about right now is John Hillcoat‘s adaptation of the Prohibition-era novel The Wettest County in the World. The film had been picking up steam a year ago, then died, and now is coming back to life. Scratch that: it is alive! The film is shooting right now, and there are a couple set photos showing Shia LaBeouf in costume as one of the two leads. (Tom Hardy is the other lead.) The photos are less exciting than the fact that they prove this one is really happening. Check one of the images after the break. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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