‘Lawless’ Red Band Trailer: Hardy and LaBeouf Chase Immortality

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 13th, 2012 at 3:15 pm,

In Lawless, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke play a trio of brothers (the Bondurants) obsessed with the idea of immortality. While maybe not entirely stupid, the Bondurants – moonshiners in prohibition-era Virigina – seek to test the limits of their mortality through seedy deals and an ongoing war with the powers that be.

Of course, as with any dangerous profession, acts of violence follow the three brothers throughout their entire lives, something that is thoroughly communicated by this new red band trailer for the film.

Past trailers for Lawless have set up the aforementioned story beats – Shia LaBeouf plays the youngest of the Bondurants, always looking to step out from the shadow of his big brother Forest (Hardy) – but this is the first trailer to show the brutal lengths the siblings will go to in order to protect their own.

In direct opposition to the Forest-led Bondurants is Guy Pearce’s Special Agent Rakes, a man willing to test the brothers’ proclamations of immortality. Pearce, a frequent collaborator with director John Hillcoat (The Road), has created a truly menacing vision of an authority figure obsessed with outward appearances. The trailer only hints at the type of malice Pearce is capable of, but there’s no doubt that he wears the antagonist role well.

Shia LaBeouf in Lawless Lawless Red Band Trailer: Hardy and LaBeouf Chase Immortality

The ideas explored in Lawless, along with the beautiful cinematography (courtesy of Benoit Delhomme) and music (created, of course, by screenwriter Nick Cave), appear to set viewers up for a film experience unlike anything seen in quite some time. The film itself is based upon Matt Bondurant’s novel The Wettest Country in the World, and attempts to realistically portray the exploits of these three brothers as interpreted by the youngest son.

Hardy and LaBeouf have become staples of the summer blockbuster season, but this will mark a real departure for the two, especially considering their previous roles. Hardy’s portrayal of Forest seems like a complete 180 from his characterization of Bane (but no less appealing), while LaBeouf abandons his quick-witted demeanor that carried him through three Transformers films. We can’t wait to see how these brothers defy death while making moonshine money.

Lawless hits theaters on August 29th, 2012


Source: Vice

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  1. I’m VERY excited for this film!! It is definitely now #1 on my most anticipated list for the near future. My only real worry until now was Labeouf, who I don’t particularly love, but based on this trailer and a few clips I’ve seen (thanks to Labeouf’s recent interviews promoting the film), he seems to nail it, and I think he might even steal the show. I have no worries that Hardy, Pearce, Oldman, etc. will be excellent, and I hope Shia will be great as well. His and Hardy’s accents are spot on! I think this can be one of the surprise hits of the year!

  2. Has the feel of inglorious bastards to me without the comedy

    • Eagle eye was a good movie. Have it on DVD.

    • Nor do I. I guess it is because people closely associate him with ‘Bayformers’ 1-3 and ‘Indiana Jones and the Aliens from the Atomic Fridge’. :/

    • I hated eagle eye. Shia is an okay actor. I think most of the hate comes from off-screen antics. And transformers.

  3. I’ll stand up there with ya Movystar. I don’t get the hate towards him either. I mean he isn’t great, but he is sure as hell better than some out there *cough*Channing Tatum*cough* and I enjoyed him in the Transformers movies. Eagle Eye was a great movie too.

  4. Looks awesome

  5. I thinks it’s because Transformers was so bad and all he got to do was run around shouting ‘Optimus!!’ every two minutes along with being an overall douche, plus he is no Indiana Jones which did him no favours!

    Hopefully this will sort his career out, Wall Street 2 wasn’t that bad

    • How was he a douche in Transformers?

  6. Can’t wait for this to come out. Looks awesome.

  7. Definitely gonna see this one, for Guy Pearce and Hardy. Just watched Momento again last night. I think Pearce is under rated really. Only thing is it looks like Hardys character is gonna die 2/3 of the way threw to set up a revenge movie for Shia. Which means the movie, in my opinion, will decrease in entertainment value at that point. Hardy is the kind of guy you cant wait to see the next scene he’s in.

    • Very underrated. the man’s got skill

  8. Any Guy Pierce fans, as well as people who don’t know who he is, should check out Lockout. I just Redboxed it and it was a terrible movie, but Pierce made it easily watchable just because he’s such a fun actor to watch. That guy’s range is incredible. Anyone who can single handedly save a movie like he does in Lockout is nothing but brilliant.

  9. Until watching this trailer I really didn’t know what to make of this film. But I’m now a lot more intrigued. Im a fan of all the actors & actresses involved (even LaBeouf) but the previous footage didn’t do much for me so I just kind of forgot about the film. Not anymore. And it’s always a plus to see Hardy playing another crazy guy. :)

  10. shia is a poor hollywood kid who played in 4 blockbuster-franchises,and is now depressed from the un-creative directors(bay ? )and all the millions of dollars that he get for his roles. aww this poor kid just want to make movies in the future with intellectuell creative directors like in lars von triers – nymphomaniac- where he will play a real sexscene as a dark character(title says everything). no,i don´t like this kid. i am looking more forward to alexandre ajas – the maniac-(not maniac cop) with an ex young adult star who is elijha wood,he is more symphatic then this weird kid shia,poor rich kid. but,because of the reason that hardy plays the maine role i will watch it.

  11. Very excited for this movie. This cast seems to gel better than the original bunch. Love seeing my beautiful state featured.

  12. Looking seriously good!