The Great Depression is in full swing, and ambitious country boy Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) dreams of becoming a rich and famous gangster – “public enemy number one.” His plan is to expand his family’s moonshining business and launch a vast criminal empire.
Of course, he also hopes to win the heart of a beautiful girl, Bertha (Mia Wasikowska), who happens to be the daughter of a Mennonite preacher. Jack’s older brother Howard (Jason Clarke) provides the brawn to make his gangster dreams possible.
Their eldest sibling, Forrest (Tom Hardy), becomes the strong leader of the trio. A very stoic man, Forrest places a high value on character and tends to hold his cards close.
As the Bondurant brothers rise to power they battle treachery on both sides of the law. The loyalty of all three men is put to the test against the backdrop of Prohibition-era Virginia and the nation’s most notorious crime wave.
In Lawless, director John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) and Screenwriter Nick Cave bring an epic gangster tale to life. Based on the true story of the infamous bootlegging Bondurant Brothers, the film was inspired by the story of author Matt
Bondurant’s family, as told in his novel, “The Wettest Country in the World.” Also starring Guy Pearce as Deputy Charley Rakes, Jessica Chastain as Forrest’s love interest, and Dane DeHaan as Jack’s best friend. This Weinstein Company drama is scheduled for release on August 31, 2012.