Lawless is a film directed by John Hillcoat. It was released on August 31st, 2012. The star-studded cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce. The Nick Cave screenplay is based on the novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant. The film has been selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Lawless was formerly titled The Wettest Country.
Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
The story is based on Matt Bondurant's grandfather and great-uncles.
- Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant
- Tom Hardy as Forrest Bondurant
- Jason Clarke as Howard Bondurant
- Guy Pearce as Charlie Rakes
- Jessica Chastain as Maggie Beauford
- Mia Wasikowska as Bertha Minnix
- Dane DeHaan as Cricket Pate
- Chris McGarry as Danny
- Tim Tolin as Mason Wardell
- Gary Oldman as Floyd Banner
- Lew Temple as Deputy Henry Abshire
- Marcus Hester as Deputy Jeff Richards
- Bill Camp as Sheriff Hodge
- Alex Van as Tizwell Minnix
- Noah Taylor as Gummy Walsh