Before he gets a chance to terrorize (or possibly team up?) with the Dark Knight in Christopher Nolan’s last Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises”, Tom Hardy will be providing booze for a price to 1920s America in “The Road” director John Hillcoat’s “The Wettest County in the World” (which may or may not be going under the title of “The Promised Land”). And oh yeah, he’ll be doing it with the assist of “Transformers” dude Shia Labeouf, who will be taking time off running away from killer robots from other space to co-star in the film about two bootlegging brothers in Prohibition America.
The LATimes reports that both Hardy and LaBeouf have signed on to star in the film, which will be based on a novel from Matt Bondurant, who wrote about his own family from the era as they engaged in bootlegging in Virginia. Previous reports on the film had LaBeouf co-starring with Ryan Gosling, and it’s unclear if Hardy has replaced Gosling, or if he’s been added to the cast, since the original story did involve three brothers, not two. Amy Adams was also previously attached, but no word on her as well.
“The Wettest County in the World” will be adapted for the screen by a familiar Hillcoat collaborator, singer-songwriter Nick Cave, who has worked with Hillcoat in one capacity or another on “The Proposition”, Hillcoat’s breakthrough film, and “The Road”. Knowing Hillcoat’s style, and the story behind “Wettest County”, you can probably expect plenty of Tommy Gun action and riddled bodies on the big screen.
Shooting is expected to commence in the Spring of next year.