Things started off well enough in October of 2009. Hillcoat and Cave had put together a project that had the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Gosling, Shia LaBeouf, Paul Dano and Michael Shannon circling it. A few months later, everything fell apart -- both for the film and Hillcoat's production company, and the '20s project was nothing but dust in the wind.
But now it looks like things are turning around. 'Wettest County' is back on track, LaBeouf is still around, and it looks like he's got a co-star in Tom Hardy ('Inception').
The LA Times reports that sources close to the film say the actors are pairing up to star in the dramatic thriller, based on Matt Bondurant's novel.
A fictionalized account the Bondurant family's past, 'Wettest' follows a trio of bootleggers during the Prohibition, focusing on "crimes committed by and against them." The book blurb lays out a pretty violent setup that should appeal to 'Proposition' fans -- a robbery and deadly attack that led Bondurant's great-uncle to trek twelve miles to the hospital, and the later arrival -- at the hospital -- of two men with gruesome injuries (shattered legs and castration).
LaBeouf has recently been popping back and forth between fluff fare and more serious material. He's still all busy with 'Transformers,' but he's also got the power of 'Wall Street' and a nice part in one of the segments of 'New York, I Love You.' But this will be the test -- can the lustrous grit and grime that flows out of Hillcoat and Cave's minds bring him to a new place in his career, sort of like Casey Affleck in 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,' or will he just seem like the odd man out?