‘Lawless’ Trailer: Big Name Actors Playing Old-Fashioned Crooks

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The surprise entry on Screen Rant‘s 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 list was that of Wettest County (since retitled Lawless), an adaptation of Matt Bondurant’s true-story book “The Wettest County in the World.” Now that we have an actual trailer for the period crime drama, it should become all the more obvious how this flick managed to grab our attention so early on.

Lawless marks the second collaboration between musician/screenwriter Nick Cave and director John Hillcoat (The Road) after The Proposition – and reunites the pair with the star of that grisly western, Guy Pearce, along with a who’s who of respectable names like Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan and Jason Clarke. (Oh, yeah, and Shia LaBeouf).

Cave and Hillcoat’s Depression-era crime tale revolves around the Bondurant brothers (Hardy, LaBeouf, and Clarke), a trio of Virginian bootleggers who run a successful, small-time moonshining operation. However, when young Jack Bondurant (LaBeouf) impulsively pushes to expand the family business so as to impress a local Amish girl (Wasikowska), it ends up attracting unwanted attention from outsiders – including the corrupt Special Agent Charlie Rakes (Pearce) – who want a slice of the pie.

As you would expect, much violent mayhem and bloody retribution follows.

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Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in 'Lawless'

The trailer for Lawless makes the film look like a mixture of elements borrowed from Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, with some western (Virginian?) seasoning added for good measure. Combine that with a storyline chock-full of classic crime genre themes about family loyalty and the fine line between outlaws and heroes – along with what appear to be excellent performances (and accents) all around, even from the not-always-dependable LaBeouf – and this new footage has only heightened our anticipation for Lawless.

Lawless won’t hit theaters until the end of the Summer movie season; customarily, that’s a dumping ground for Hollywood, which could be interpreted as a bit of a red flag for the film. On the other hand, that move strategically positions Lawless to benefit from Hardy’s heightened status in the more immediate aftermath of The Dark Knight Rises. So that could be the real reason behind the release date.

Look for Lawless to storm theaters around the U.S. on August 31st, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Great book! Can’t wait for the movie!

  2. Looks amazing! The director is great, and the actors (aside from Shia Labouf) look fantastic. I really hope this film is great, and I smell a second oscar nod for Gary Oldman.

  3. looks really good mang, has tom hardy ever been in a bad movie

  4. This looks awesome. Tom Hardy’s stock keeps rising

    • yes he has done a bad movie that is “This Means War”

  5. I do find the hook for this article (the short text on the main page) sort of funny: “In the trailer for ‘Lawless’, a group of talented actors – including …Shia LaBeouf”

    Having the words “talented” and “Shia Labeouf” in the same sentence is…. funny.

    I enjoyed Transformers for what it was: popcorn fluff. I enjoyed Indiana Jones and the crystal skull for what it was: more popcorn fluff. I actually SORT of enjoyed Eagle Eye despite its silly premise, DESPITE Labeouf’s performance.

    But never would I consider saying “talented” in the same breath as (pause to take a second breath) “Shia Labeouf”. (I can’t even type his name without getting annoyed… I hate how it mangles the original French)

    • Heh, well, I get where you’re coming from, but honestly? Even LaBeouf looks okay here, to me.

      Chalk it up to direction from Hillcoat, I suppose.

      • funny thing is, I suspect that like Twilight’s young actors, he might do well with a VERY strong-willed director. I doubt he has the maturity yet to really make serious artistic decisions on his own.

  6. Looks fantastic

  7. Am I the only one who liked the old name of this movie. The Wettest County In The World. I’m still excited

  8. I know Shia LaBeouf isn’t the most talented actor out there, but I just can’t hate on Louis Stevens.

    It looks like a solid movie, I’ll be checking it out.

  9. The changed the title again?? The Wettest County was cool..The Wettest County in the World was cooler..but now, Lawless?? Isn’t Terrance Malick coming out with a movie called Lawless with Christian Bale??

    Regardless, it could either be the next Public Enemies or the next…uh…really good movie with a really great cast.

  10. This looks great! I love Tom Hardy after seeing Inception, Bronson, and Warrior. (Admittedly, I only got into him after I heard he was gonna be in TDKR). Hardy’s accent wasn’t perfect in Warrior, and I was able to hear his british, but it seems flawless here. With Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and even Shia Labeouf, this should be good. Shia seems to always play the same role, somewhat mediocrely, but he seems better in this trailer. I don’t really know the female actresses. Anyways, I hope to see this in theaters!

  11. HOLY CRAP Pearce,Hardy and Oldman this movie is going to kick ass (sorry Vic)I can’t wait to see this one.

  12. The trailer is heavily featuring Shia LaBeouf, and he doesn’t seem too bad to me. Hardy has not proved he can open a picture yet, and it’s still a question mark if the masked Bane can really do him any good. Besides, tbh, I feel the standouts in the trailer are Oldman and Pearce, though I’ve heard Oldman’s part in this movie is only a bit bigger than cameo, too bad.