This debut theatrical trailer has emerged online for John Hillcoat’s (The Road, The Proposition) forthcoming prohibition crime-drama ‘Lawless.’ This film is without a doubt one of my anticipated films of 2012, it features a stellar cast in Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Dane DeHaan and Gary Oldman. Adapted from Matt Bondurant’s novel ‘The Wettest County in the World: A Novel Based on a True Story,’ ‘Lawless’ formerly went under the title ‘The Wettest County.’ The story follows the Bondurant brothers (played by LaBeouf, Clarke and Hardy) who become bootleggers in the South during Prohibition. The screenplay for the movie is penned by frequent Hillcoat collaborator Nick Cave – who‘s also on soundtrack duty. Look out for ‘Lawless’ in cinemas August 31st.

Gangster meets Western in LAWLESS, the true story of the freewheelin’ Bondurant brothers, bootlegging siblings taking the law into their own hands. This is the story of the rural hard-men that created the big city gangsters. Brazen and fearless, these young rebel brothers helped build the American Dream in this exuberant tale of what was to become crime’s first major gold rush. The youngest brother, JACK (Shia LaBeouf), fancies himself the next Al Capone; he dreams of sharp suits, guns, girls and fast cars, no matter the cost. Ambitious and impulsive, he takes the family’s small-scale moonshining operation to the big leagues, to impress the gorgeous but off-limits Amish girl, BERTHA (Mia Wasikowska). The middle brother, HOWARD (Jason Clarke), is the brawling muscle – loyal but reckless – never one to turn down a taste of white lightning. And eldest brother, FORREST (Tom Hardy), reluctantly accepts the changing times with grace and grit, leading the family with strength of character and silent determination against the beginnings of corporate greed. An enigmatic and stunning MAGGIE (Jessica Chastain) comes to town with a hidden past, igniting his passion and almost saving him in the process. As the Bondurants’ legend grows, so too does the danger, and it’s not long before the brothers must face the consequences of their transgressions, or rewrite the myth and the law themselves.