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Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, and Mia Wasikowska join John Hillcoat's The Wettest County in the World

02.10.2011

I like John Hillcoat a lot as a director, and his last two feature films - THE PROPOSITION and THE ROAD - are among my favorites of the last five years or so. THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD, an adaptation of the novel by Matt Bondurant will be his next, and its cast just keeps getting better and better.

According to THR, joining the already on board Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy will be the great Gary Oldman (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLIDER, SPY), Hillcoat chum Guy Pearce (THE PROPOSITION, a brief cameo in THE ROAD), and burgeoning star Mia Wasikowska (ALICE IN WONDERLAND). Also joining the cast will be actor Jason Clarke (one of the stronger elements in Michael Mann's 2009 gangster flick PUBLIC ENEMIES).

The film - with screenplay by Nick Cave - tells "the true gangsters story details of the saga of the Bondurant boys, bootlegging siblings who take the law into their own hands in Prohibition-era Virginia while making a run for the American Dream." Oldman will play a gangster that first gets the boys into delivering alcohol while Pearce will be an overly violent deputy that comes down hard on the Bondurants. Wasikowska will play LaBeouf's love interest. Clarke will portray LaBeouf and Hardy's brother.

THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD is set to begin production at the end of this month.
Extra Tidbit: Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy will also be acting together in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY as well as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

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11:00PM on 02/10/2011
Great director, but the premise sounds so-so.
Great director, but the premise sounds so-so.
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10:37AM on 02/10/2011

Hells Yeah!

The book is very good source material for Hillcoat and Cave to knock out of the park. The cast is shaping up to be a can't miss movie. Starts filming half hour from me at the end of the month to boot!
The book is very good source material for Hillcoat and Cave to knock out of the park. The cast is shaping up to be a can't miss movie. Starts filming half hour from me at the end of the month to boot!
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10:19AM on 02/10/2011
Holy Crap thats a great Cast! I wish we would see more of Guy Pearce. He's very underrated
Holy Crap thats a great Cast! I wish we would see more of Guy Pearce. He's very underrated
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10:18AM on 02/10/2011

Fuck yeah

The Proposition is solid but I LOVED The Road. Gary Oldman's my fav actor, and I'm huge fan of Guy Pearce.

Bring it on!
The Proposition is solid but I LOVED The Road. Gary Oldman's my fav actor, and I'm huge fan of Guy Pearce.

Bring it on!
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9:59AM on 02/10/2011
Gary Oldman...you sly bastard.
Gary Oldman...you sly bastard.
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8:43AM on 02/10/2011
Seriously Hollywood Pierce and Oldman need to headline more movies. These two are some of the greatest yet criminally underused actors out there.
Seriously Hollywood Pierce and Oldman need to headline more movies. These two are some of the greatest yet criminally underused actors out there.
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8:32AM on 02/10/2011
Cool news, indeed. Hillcoat should be directing The Gunslinger.
Cool news, indeed. Hillcoat should be directing The Gunslinger.
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8:12AM on 02/10/2011
Movie sounds perfect and has come together quite nicely.

Hopefully, Shia diales it down in this one.
Movie sounds perfect and has come together quite nicely.

Hopefully, Shia diales it down in this one.
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7:38AM on 02/10/2011
Directed by Hillcoat.
Written by Cave.
Starring Gary as a gangster.
Also starring the great Guy Pearce as well as the new talent Mia Wasikowska.

There is honestly nothing wrong with this movie. Strange to see a movie shaping up absolutely perfectly. Kind of freaking me out.
Directed by Hillcoat.
Written by Cave.
Starring Gary as a gangster.
Also starring the great Guy Pearce as well as the new talent Mia Wasikowska.

There is honestly nothing wrong with this movie. Strange to see a movie shaping up absolutely perfectly. Kind of freaking me out.
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7:08AM on 02/10/2011
Everything about this sounds amazing
Except Shia of course
Everything about this sounds amazing
Except Shia of course
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6:29AM on 02/10/2011

Gotta love the title

Looking forward to this already - a great director and a terrific cast
Looking forward to this already - a great director and a terrific cast
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