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Hipster super project?

In what's shaping up to be a project filled with some of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, Shia LaBeouf, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Gosling, Paul Dano and Michael Shannon are all attached to star in THE WETTEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, a period drama about Depression-era bootleggers. The project, to be directed by John Hillcoat (THE ROAD), is being shopped around Hollywood to potential financiers. While the production was once set up at Columbia, the film is now trying to go the indie route with producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (GLADIATOR) shepherding the flick.

The story follows three brothers at the center of the moonshine trade with a parallel story about a writer reporting on the trade. That would seem to take care of all four of the male actors above leaving Johansson to play the hot girlfriend or some other thankless role.

Though WETTEST seems to have some serious momentum, none of the actors have signed on and participation at this point is contingent on a number of different factors including money, schedules, scripts, etc.

Extra Tidbit: I love Scarlett but doesn't she seem oddly out of place with these actors?
Source: THR

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