According to the LA Times, Hardy just signed on to The Wettest County in the World, a 1920’s, Prohibition-era film to be directed by John Hillcoat (The Road). Written by Nick Cave (yeah, that same Nick Cave who seems to be awesome at everything), the film centers on a family of bootleggers and their problems with the law. It’s based on the novel by Matt Bondurant and will begin shooting in the spring.
LaBeouf, recently seen in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, has been attached to the project since it was announced earlier this year, but moved on after it was shelved. He’s just finished standing in front of a green screen for months — a.k.a. shooting Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Hardy is currently doing what every hot young male actor does at least once in his career: shooting a romantic comedy with Reese Witherspoon called This Means War. And oh yeah, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, he’s been cast in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises as the Riddler! No, wait, as Hugo Strange! No, wait…we don’t know at all, actually..
Anyway, both of these dudes are solid young actors, so it’ll be fun seeing how they play off one another in a film fueled by crime and liquor. Plus, they both look like badasses in a suit, so you know, that doesn’t hurt. We’re glad to see this project back from the dead, because Hillcoat creates some amazing atmosphere in his films and placing two capable performers right in the middle of it should bring out some gripping drama.
Source: LA Times