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First Look: The Trio Of Bondurant Brothers In John Hillcoat's 'Lawless'

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by Edward Davis
April 14, 2012 12:50 PM
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While we've seen photos of Tom Hardy solo and Shia LaBeouf and Hardy together, now we've finally got our first look at the three brothers who star in John Hillcoat's prohibition-era gangster drama "Lawless," formerly known as "The Wettest County.". The third in this triumvirate is relative newcomer Jason Clarke, an Australian actor who's on the rise with upcoming roles in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby."

Apart from that excellent trio of actors, the outstanding supporting cast also features Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor and up and comer Dane DeHaan (the "evil" kid in "Chronicle").

There's also an official synopsis via The Weinstein Company:

Gangster meets Western in LAWLESS, the true story of the freewheelin’ Bondurant brothers, bootlegging siblings taking the law into their own hands. This is the story of the rural hard-men that created the big city gangsters. Brazen and fearless, these young rebel brothers helped build the American Dream in this exuberant tale of what was to become crime’s first major gold rush. The youngest brother, JACK (Shia LaBeouf), fancies himself the next Al Capone; he dreams of sharp suits, guns, girls and fast cars, no matter the cost. Ambitious and impulsive, he takes the family’s small-scale moonshining operation to the big leagues, to impress the gorgeous but off-limits Amish girl, BERTHA (Mia Wasikowska). The middle brother, HOWARD (Jason Clarke), is the brawling muscle – loyal but reckless – never one to turn down a taste of white lightning. And eldest brother, FORREST (Tom Hardy), reluctantly accepts the changing times with grace and grit, leading the family with strength of character and silent determination against the beginnings of corporate greed. An enigmatic and stunning MAGGIE (Jessica Chastain) comes to town with a hidden past, igniting his passion and almost saving him in the process. As the Bondurants’ legend grows, so too does the danger, and it’s not long before the brothers must face the consequences of their transgressions, or rewrite the myth and the law themselves.

Due August 31st, Harvey Weinstein himself promises we'll see the film a few days earlier when the 2012 Venice Film Festival kicks off. The hope for TWC is that this summer's "The Dark Knight Rises" turns the much-in-demand Hardy into a bonafide star.

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11 Comments

  • Forward Pass | April 16, 2012 5:07 PMReply

    Huh. This looks like you photographed copyrighted material and put it online without permission.

  • Jake | April 16, 2012 10:47 AMReply

    Saw a pre-cut of this. Really, really good. I hope they don't cut out the slow drawn out cover of Grandaddy's "So You'll Aim for the Sky"

  • Travis Hopson | April 15, 2012 11:10 AMReply

    Wait...Forrest is the elder brother? Um, no. Howard is the oldest, unless they've changed things for the movie. And definitely Howard is the fighter of the three. Forrest isn't afraid of a good scrap, but he's the one who is the businessman. Howard is the brawler, while Jack is the dreamer.

  • Zack | April 14, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    The older you get, the less perky the brim of your hat is.

  • bunty | April 14, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    So these brothers "created the big city gangsters," yet the youngest one "fancies himself the next Al Capone"?

  • KT | April 14, 2012 1:26 PMReply

    Fuck, I hate how they made Forrest the older brother - he was the middle son in real life.

  • Scott Baiowulf Amadeus | April 14, 2012 4:34 PM

    I think the press release is a misprint. I've read the script and the descriptions for the characters are reversed in this press release. Forrest is definitely the brawler of the family and the middle son in the script. Give me a trailer for this already!

  • mm | April 14, 2012 1:20 PMReply

    Can't wait for the trailer!!! ... stunning Maggie- Jessica Chastain, well, of course :)

  • carly | April 14, 2012 1:07 PMReply

    Jason Clarke is a fantastic actor in the Showtime drama Brotherhood, with Jason Isaacs. The show didn't have huge ratings, and it's final season was fairly disappointing, but Clarke was amazing.

  • George | April 15, 2012 7:09 AM

    Actually Fox got ahead of themselves and gave up a lot room in their fall lineup for X-factor. Put a whole lot money and faith in Terra Nova. Also filled mid season with The Finder, Alcatraz, and Touch. First 3 all suffered rating losses. Terran Nova never found itself creatively. Alcatraz tried to have it both ways with a half baked concept. The Finder just could not perform well behind American Idol and moved to Fridays to die. For me now this all been great Karma for Fox. I believe it will continue next year.

  • Zack | April 14, 2012 7:26 PM

    I loved him on Fox's "The Chicago Code" too. That show was too clever for a network and that's probably what killed it.

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