Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce are teaming up in Lawless, a film about the infamous Bondurant brothers who led a bootlegging operation in Depression-era Virginia. Directed by John Hillcoat and featuring an all-star cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman, Lawless left the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival buzzing about Oscar nominations.
For Dane DeHaan, 25, who had just come off of roles in HBO's therapy drama, In Treatment, and the thriller Chronicle, John Hillcoat's (The Road) new Lawless, a Depression-era crime drama about bootleggers was a bit of a departure, but a welcome one.
The latest development in Shia LaBeouf's attempt to establish himself as a member of the Hollywood counterculture involves LaBeouf's admission to dropping acid for "research" on his role in the upcoming mob story, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, also starring Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, Mads Mikkelsen and Rupert Grint and slated for release at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Lawless reminds us why the good old days weren’t so enviable at all, but it does so in such an aesthetically captivating manner, that we give ourselves over to the narrative willingly — a good thing as this story of dubious, unsung heroes based on the novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant, real-life grandson of the protagonists, deserves a unique place in Americana.
Director John Hillcoat's latest violence-ridden drama Lawless, based on the historical novel The Wettest County In The World, premiered last night in Hollywood, California. Leads Guy Pearce and Shia LaBeouf (pictured above) were both there, as well as screenwriter and composer Nick Cave, top dog producer Megan Ellison, and the original author Matt Bondurant himself.
EXCLUSIVE: 'Lawless' Stars Tom Hardy And Guy Pearce Say It's All About The Script, The Money - And Beating Brad Pitt
Lawless co-stars Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce have no qualms discussing their priorities when picking movie roles. “It’s a number of things. It’s the big three, usually, isn’t it? It’s the character, the script, and the director,” Pearce told Uinterview at the Cannes Film Festival.
The typically European-heavy Cannes Festival has no lack of American contenders this year, including John Hillcoat’s star-studded Lawless featuring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska.
Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom, starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swiinton and Bill Murray, will open the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, appearing at the top of a lineup that includes such buzzworthy films as David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, Walter Salles' On The Road, starring Kristen Stewart, John Hillcoat's Lawless, starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt, and Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, starring Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, among others.
It's both ironic and at the same time strangely appropriate that Australian director John Hillcoat should deliver this diligently faithful adaptation of Cormack McCarthy's relentlessly bleak end-of-the-world parable so soon after the release of Roland Emmerich's bloated pixel-fest 2012.