Have you heard the one about the bootlegging Bondurant Brothers?
Based on a true-crime story, "Lawless" (formerly "The Wettest County," which actually sounded cooler, but ah well) stars Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy as Jack and Forrest Bondurant, sibling criminals who make a run for the American Dream by smuggling alcohol in Prohibition-era Virginia, an activity that brings the criminal organization run by Floyd Banner (Gary Oldman) to the attention of FBI Special Agent Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce). Threats, fisticuffs and Tommy gun shoot-outs ensue.
The latest moody thriller from director John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "The Road") looks like the perfect way to send off Summer 2012 in a hail of bullets. Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman bring their effortless brand of Brit cool to their third collaboration (following "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "The Dark Knight Rises") while Shia LaBeouf looks like he's all sorts of happy to be out of the "Transformers" franchise. And we have to admit that we didn't recognize Hillcoat veteran Guy Pearce at first — though that's unmistakably Jessica Chastain in her 74th movie appearance in the past year.
Take a piece of the action with the trailer below, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies. "Lawless" opens Aug. 31.