Previously known as The Wettest Country, the intense first trailer for the retitled Lawless. Directed by John Hillcoat from a script by him and Proposition cohort Nick Cave, the movie is based on Matt Bodurant’s book about the author’s grandfather and two great-uncles, who were part of a fierce criminal gang at the centre of the US’s moonshine trade during prohibition. The story also follows a writer named Sherwood Anderson, who is on the trail of the bootlegging gang. The film has a great cast, with Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska onboard. Momentum Pictures announced today that it’ll hit UK cinemas on August 31st, after premiering in competition at Cannes in May.
After several years of development difficulties, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman is finally moving forward with Shia Labeouf in the lead role and Fredrik Bond directing. Now Variety reports that Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger have joined the cast.
Shia LaBeouf stars as the title character, who falls for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) under the control of a violent mob boss (Mads Mikkelsen). Melissa Leo will play Charlie’s late mother, whose spirit guides him through this ordeal. Til Schweiger is portraying Darko, a Serbian mobster who is sent to America to avoid a war crimes tribunal.
Fredrik Bond is directing from a screenplay by Matt Drake (Project X), with production scheduled to begin next month in Eastern Europe.
Tom Hardy isn’t just going up against the Bat this summer, he’s also taking on the Federal Government as a bootlegger in Lawless, which until recently was known as The Wettest County. Now the first official shot from the film has appeared in the print edition of EW (via The Playlist)
Directed by John Hillcoat from a script by him and Proposition cohort Nick Cave, the movie is based on Matt Bodurant’s book about the author’s grandfather and two great-uncles, who were part of a fierce criminal gang at the centre of the US’s moonshine trade during prohibition. The story also follows a writer named Sherwood Anderson, who is on the trail of the bootlegging gang.
The film has a great cast, with Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska onboard. It’s out in the US in August and should hopefully arrive here around the same time.
A couple of years ago, Shia Labeouf picked up a script with the verbose but intriguing title The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. However as often happens in Hollywood, the project fell by the wayside over scheduling and money.
However it would appear Labeouf really likes the screenplay, as while he’d put it to one side, Variety reports the movie has gone back into pre-production. Fredrik Bond will direct, who like the previously attached helmer, Dante Ariola, is best known for his work in commercials.
The script, by Matt Drake, made the 2007 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays. Here’s the synopsis that was released a couple of years ago: ‘Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) was just a normal guy… until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?’
Sounds like a cheery one, doesn’t it? You have to wonder as well whether the success of Drive has given this one new impetus. The movie will shoot later this year.
Earlier today we reported that Shia LaBeouf definitely won’t be back for anymore Transformers action, and now we’re wondering whether that’s because he’s got paranoid about looking tiny next to his enormous robotic co-stars. The only reason to think this is that he’s now attached to a project where he gets to be the huge one.
According to Variety LaBeouf is now onboard the love story A Giant (working title), which Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct from a script he wrote. The film follows a girl who is broke and running from a series of bad relationships, who moves back home to reconnect with her brother. Instead she forms a relationship with a 20-foot-tall man-child who lives next door, who’ll be played by Shia LaBeouf.
Perhaps it’ll be less bizarre than it sounds when it gets to the screen, although it doesn basically sound like LaBeouf wants to be the Transformers this time around. A Giant has no studio home at the moment, although Universal is seen as a strong possibility.
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Director Robert Redford is certainly filling out the cast for his upcoming political thriller The Company You Keep, with Variety reporting that the increasingly impressive ensemble now includes Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Elliott, and newcomer Jackie Evancho, an 11-year-old finalist on America’s Got Talent. They join Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Richard Jenkins, Julie Christie, Stephen Root, Stanley Tucci and Chris Cooper in the Lem Dobbs-scripted pic, based on the novel by Neil Gordon.
Robert Redford stars as Jim Grant, a former Weather Underground militant wanted by the FBI for 30 years, who must go on the run when a young, ambitious reporter (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity. Anna Kendrick will play Diana, a young FBI agent and Shia LaBeouf’s former flame, who provides him with that information he needs to uncover the truth about Grant and a Bank of Michigan robbery.
Terrence Howard will play Cornelius, the senior FBI agent on the case who has relentlessly pursued Grant across the nation and now leads the task force assigned to take down the Weather Underground fugitives who have been on the run for three decades. Brendan Gleeson will play Henry Osborne, the retired Michigan Chief of Police who investigated the bank robbery in the 1960s, while Sam Elliott will be Mac, Julie Christie’s employer in the marijuana trade who used to be romantically involved with her. Jackie Evancho will play Robert Redford’s daughter, who recently lost her mother and is unaware of her father’s militant past.
It’s an incredible cast for what should be a very intriguing movie. The political action thriller is currently filming in Vancouver.
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