The Weinstein Company is currently in the midst of on an impressive awards season run. The last two years The Weinstein Company films The King’s Speech and The Artist have walked away with the Academy Award for Best picture. So when an Award season film submission from the company comes out, everyone in the industry sits up a little straighter and pays attention. Lawless directed by John Hillcoat not only has The Weinstein Company name behind it, it also has an impressive critically acclaimed cast.
The story aspires to be an epic gangster film. It tells the true story of the real life Boundurant Brothers, who were notorious Virginia bootleggers in prohibition era. Like most classic gangster films, the backbone of the story also involves family politics and rivalry.
Judging from the trailer, the movie looks pretty intriguing. I am especially impressed by the presence of character actors Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce. Having rising star Tom Hardy in the cast doesn’t hurt either. As for the director John Hillcoat, I have been impressed with his films The Road and The Proposition. They have a distinct voice, as well as a bleak outlook which served the material well. As far as the subject matter, I’m all for epic gangster films. In my book, there couldn’t be enough of these films.
Needless to say, I’m looking forward to this.
Lawless stars Shia LeBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke and Guy Pearce. The film is directed by John Hillcoat, with a screenplay by Nick Cave and Matt Bondurant. Lawless is scheduled for release August 31, 2012.
LAWLESS is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County in the World”, the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave.