Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf team for 'The Wettest County in the World': Hooray for bootlegging!

tom-hardyImage Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.comBoardwalk Empire just polished off its first luscious season of illegal boozin’, and it looks like the HBO series might be kickstarting a legit pop culture trend. According to the L.A. Times, embryonic megastar Tom Hardy will be co-starring with Shia LaBeouf in The Wettest County in the World, based on Matt Bondurant’s novel about a family of bootleggers in Prohibition-era Virginia. The film will be directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay by musician Nick Cave, the same team who gave us the blood-soaked Aussie western The Proposition. (Hillcoat also directed The Road.) The movie is currently slated to start shooting in the spring. Does this indicate a new alcohol-as-contraband trend in Hollywood? Are  bootleggers the new vampires?

Short answer: Probably not. But given the ratings success of Boardwalk Empire, I do wonder if we’re going to see more films and TV shows set around the go-go Roaring ’20s and their depressing sequel, the Murmuring ’30s. A story like Wettest County feels surprisingly topical – we’re in the midst of another financial crisis, and the country is currently struggling with the legality of a different leisure substance. PopWatchers, would you like to see more bootlegging-based entertainment? And who do you think will wear old-timey clothes better: Hardy or LaBeouf?

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  • tracy bluth

    Whoa, Nick Cave? As in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Nick Cave? AWESOME.
    And the answer is obviously Tom Hardy.

    • MCS

      If you didnt know Tracy, he has been writing books and screenplays for the last decade. The one they mention in the article, “The Proposition” is the best Australian western I have ever seen. None of that stupid Baz Luhrmann stuff. If you can get a copy, it’s worth a watch.

  • caroline

    this sounds awesome (Hardy definitely) but i’d see him playing Henry Sturges from Abe Lincoln vampire hunter first, rather than wettest country. but that’s my opinion.

  • goose

    I like how all of a sudden EW now actually speaks about Boardwalk Empire in a positive tone

  • DTO

    Bootleggers are very interesting outlaws, and I’m surprised that so little has been done on them. They’re outlaws for sure but not the typical gangsters/bank robbers we’ve seen before (not that I’m bashing those as subjects of film and TV). Heck, if it wasn’t for bootlegging down in the South, with its souped-up cars for evading the police and bootleggers’ desire to know whose car was fastest, there’d be no NASCAR, oddly enough. Take that as either a merit or a strike against them, depending on your tolerance for that.

  • Mr. Holloway

    I know a lot of people hate on him, but I think Shia LeBeouf is pretty talented and THIS is the sort of movie he should be doing (instead of sprinting away from giant robots and swinging through the jungles with monkeys).

  • Catlin

    Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf…yes.

  • Emoney

    They will both be hot in the Old-Timey clothes. Tom Hardy because he is just hot. And Shia, well, see “The Greatest Game Ever Played” for proof.

  • Bart

    To be fair this script has been circulating way before the days of BE, but I can totally see it’s momentum due to the success of that show.

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