The trio of actors play the Bondurant Boys — bootleggers struggling to make ends meet during the Depression. The title Lawless aptly describes the majority of the film’s main characters.
Not only are the brothers breaking the law, but so are the people hired to uphold it. The film is littered with crooked authority figures.
And when the Bondurant Boys don’t play nice with their illegal profits, the county’s corrupt cops get angry. Real angry.
The rest of cast includes Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska, who add a much-needed feminine touch. Wasikowska appears to be a love interest for LaBeouf’s character, while Chastain seems to lean towards Hardy.
Lawless is based on the novel The Wettest County in the World written by Matt Bondurant. It was originally published in 2008 and centers on Bondurant’s real-life grandfather and granduncles.
Check out the first trailer for Lawless below:
Lawless is directed by John Hillcoat and opens in theaters Aug. 31.