Tom Hardy Gets His Hands Bloody in the New ‘Lawless’ Trailer

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:13 pm,

The first Lawless trailer hinted at the grisly nature of director John Hillcoat’s (The Road) film, based on writer Matt Bondurant’s account of his family’s sordid history as moonshine runners in Dust Bowl-era America (titled “The Wettest County in the World”). It also showcased the movie’s all-star cast, including: Guy Pearce (Prometheus), Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) – along with The Dark Knight Rises costars Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman

Today, we have a second, shorter trailer for Lawless that focuses on how the youngest Bondurant (LaBeouf) gets into trouble, after he attempts to expand the family business in order to impress an off-limits girl (Wasikowska) – and thus, forces his older brother (Hardy) to get his hands dirty, in order to keep their family safe.

Musician/screenwriter Nick Cave penned the script for Lawless. He previously collaborated with Hillcoat on such feature-length projects as Ghosts… of the Civil Dead and The Proposition (which also starred Pearce). The two have a solid track record when it comes to producing intense and gritty flicks that mesh elements of the crime, gangster, and western sub-genres together. So far, Lawless appears to be another win for the duo.

Hardy should keep his star rising high, between TDKR and Lawless. There’s a lot of excellent acting talent onboard for the latter film (even the much-derided LaBeouf seems okay). However, it appears that Hardy has perhaps the meatiest role in Lawless, playing a man who must serve as his family’s patriarch, be willing to (literally) get blood on his hands (when the occasion calls for it), and handle his own romantic interest in a mysterious woman named Maggie (Chastain).

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Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain in 'Lawless'

We’ve been anticipating Lawless for a while now, based just on the cast and people working behind the scenes. The theatrical promos have been designed to highlight the action side of the film, but Hillcoat and Cave’s previous collaborative efforts prioritized character development and storytelling. Lawless at least looks as stripped-down and violent as the rest of Hillcoat’s filmography, so that gives all the more reason to be hopeful about its other qualities.

Lawless opens in U.S. theaters on August 29th, 2012.

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  1. Looks like one to watch.
    It’s good to see Tom Hardy so active at the moment. He’s got a lot of screen presence.

    -Scott

    • Agreed 100%

      Tom Hardy’s a brilliant actor. He’s got all the acting talent, charisma, versatility, superstar presence, and I suppose even good looks for the ladies. All I think he needs at the moment is a series of big hits (in a lead role) to propel him into stardom. TDKR alone won’t do the trick, he’s got to be consistent and choose his roles from now on wisely. No more so-so films like This Means War.

      • Warrior = Excellent Bronson = Excellent Inception = Excellent “TDKR” = Excellent Layer Cake = Excellent.

        Have you even WATCHED This Means War??? Do you KNOW that he wasn’t great in it??? It still made $155 million worldwide on a $65million budget. By no means a true flop.

        • Eddie,

          1. I don’t think you can really say that “TDKR” will be excellent yet. Granted, it looks great, sounds great, and Christopher Nolan has yet to make a bad film, but there’s always that chance.

          2. I think what Gyatsu was saying is that Tom Hardy needs consistently good performances in consistently well-made movies (i.e. Most of your examples) which I think we can agree that “This Means War” was not, regardless of Hardy’s performance, or the movies box office greatness.

  2. ????

    • Please, if you’ve got nothing to say, just don’t post anything.

      • I think “????” says it all! It’s an expression of confusion and disbelief at the ignorant comment preceding it.

  3. It’ll be interesting to see how TDKR impacts the box office for this film and Looper with Gordon-Levitt.

    I’m probably gonna check this out. It looks good and I like Hardy as an actor. If you can steal scenes from DiCaprio in Inception, you’ve got talent.

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