Director John Hillcoat is no stranger to Western-style genre films. He popped up in 2005 with the critically-acclaimed Australian film The Proposition, which starred Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone as a criminal and a deputy, respectively, in the Australian Outback during the 1890s. Hillcoat followed that up with 2009’s The Road, an apocalyptic film based off of the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, which starred Viggo Mortensen.
Essentially, if you want a movie that feels and looks dirty, Hillcoat is your man.
He’s returning to the big screens with Lawless, a movie based around the Bondurant Brothers; bootlegging siblings who took part in the notorious Prohibition era crime wave. The gangster tale was inspired by the true-life stories from Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel The Wettest County in the World.
Lawless stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke as the three Bondurant brothers. Guy Pearce teams up with Hillcoat again as a deputy after the brothers. Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska also have turns in the film.
Look for Lawless in theaters starting on August 31.