Hillcoat casts LaBeouf and Hardy
John Hillcoat, the director of The Road, is making a new film called The Wettest County in the World, ironically about America during the Prohibition era and he's already cast two actors, Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy.
The film will be a dramatic thriller which is set in the period where alcohol was illegal and there was more consumed than there probably is today, in fact it's probably there that binge drinking was first practised as an art.
That's rubbish of course, I'm just messing, that was perfected in Scotland along with the deep fried Haggis, Pizza and Mars Bar.
Anyway, back to the story in hand before I wonder off too far. According to the story in the L.A. Times, the have heard from "two people familiar with the film" - which could be the security guards who let people into the offices every day or the water fountain re-fillers - that Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy have joined up.
The story of The Wettest County in the World is based on a novel by Matt Bondurant (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which Nick Cave adapted and wrote the screenplay. The novel is about a family of Prohibition bootleggers and the crimes that are committed by and against them. It sounds like a very girtty and tough read, although not without it's lighter moments, but the violence is hard and brutal.
It sounds an interesting combination of actors, although I'm not totally convinced, I think that LaBeouf has a lot to do to shed the way he's viewed at the moment, whereas someone like Hardy is such a versatile and strong actor that he can just bend himself to any role, you can easily see him in this.