John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County in the World, a film adaptation of Matt Bondurant‘s novel of the same name (which is scripted by musician and frequent Hillcoat collaborator Nick Cave) finished shooting recently, and like any great film set, photos have emerged from it. One showed up last month, giving us a look at lead Shia LaBeouf, but these show more members of the cast.
One has Jason Clarke and Tom Hardy and LaBeouf as the three Bondurant brothers in period costumes; it almost looks like a shot taken from a monitor. Also appearing are Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, the former starring as a love interest to Hardy, and the latter playing LaBeouf‘s love interest, described as a “local Mennonite girl.”
The movie also stars Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce, and is easily one of our more anticipated films of this year. Author Bondurant tweeted that the movie could be going to Cannes in some capacity, although many have assumed that it may only be a screening of footage for potential buyers.
In 1928, a pair of thieves accost Bondurant’s real life great-uncle Forrest at his Franklin County, Va., restaurant. They’re after a large cache of bootlegging money and end up cutting Forrest’s throat. The story of his survival and his trek to a hospital 12 miles away has taken on mythical proportions by the time Sherwood Anderson arrives in Franklin County in 1934 to research a magazine piece on the area’s prolific moonshiners. Soon after Anderson’s arrival, two anonymous men appear at the same hospital, one with legs meticulously shattered from ankle to hip, the other one castrated, with the by-products of the deed deposited in a jar of moonshine. The arc of the story lies between the attack on Forrest and that on the two men.
What do you think of these photos? Are you anticipating Wettest County?