Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf will star as bootleggers in The Wettest County in the World, the Prohibition-era thriller from The Road director John Hillcoat, 24 Frames reports.
An adaptation of Tom Bondurant’s 2008 novel, itself based on a true story, County follows the Bondurant Boys, a notorious gang of moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. The screenplay was written by the musician/author Nick Cave (The Proposition, also directed by Hillcoat).
According to 24 Frames, the independently financed County is being produced by the folks behind Jarhead, Girl, Interrupted and Paranormal Activity. It’s set to begin shooting this spring.
Hardy, who most recently appeared in Inception, is set to play a villain in The Dark Knight Rises and the lead co-star in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. LaBeouf starred in this year’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and will next appear in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
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