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The Weinstein Company has premiered the first trailer for Lawless, the John Hillcoat-directed historical crime drama starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce and Jessica Chastain.
An adaptation of Matt Bondurant’s 2008 novel The Wettest County in the World, itself based on the true story of the author’s grandfather and two great-uncles, the film follows the Bondurant Boys, a notorious gang of moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after.
Musician/author Nick Cave, who worked with Hillcoat on The Proposition, wrote the screenplay and composed the music. Lawless opens Aug. 31.