Dane DeHaan joins “The Wettest County in the World”

2/07/2011 Posted by Admin

Dane DeHaan joins “The Wettest County in the World”

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By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Not that it really matters, but I've officially decided that “The Wettest County in the World” is my favorite non-big-budget film in the works right now. On top of the fact that the cast is utterly fantastic, I am thrilled to see what the team of screenwriter Nock Cave and director John Hillcoat can do with another historical drama.

The last time the two worked together was for the ridiculously underrated 2005 film, "The Proposition." The film truly was breathtakingly shot and had some great performances from both Guy Pearce and Danny Huston.

This time around the two will collaborate for “The Wettest County in the World," which is an adaptation of Matt Bondurant‘s historical crime drama novel. The story is based on the author's grandfather and two grand-uncles--three infamous brothers who made up a fierce criminal gang at the center of the American South's moonshine trade.

The brothers eventually were shot in December 1930 after they refused to join the illegal cartel set up by the Commonwealth's attorney Carter Lee, grandnephew of Robert E. Lee. Carter Lee subsequently was tried for conspiracy.

The film is set to star a bunch of young, talented actors, including Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy and now looks as if it is about to add another one. According to Up and Comers, Dane DeHaan ("In Treatment," "True Blood") has joined the cast of the Prohibition drama.

DeHaan made his onscreen debut only two years ago and scored a breakout role on HBO’s critically acclaimed “In Treatment” last year and was recently cast in a recurring role on the new season of “True Blood.”

DeHaan will be taking on the role of teenage bootlegger Cricket, the partner-in-crime for Jack (Labeouf), the youngest of three leading brothers and the main protagonist. Hardy is set to play Forrest, the middle brother, while Chastain will play his love interest.

Everything I hear about this film just increases my anticipation for it. Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy are easily two of my favorite actors working right now and the film's story sounds interesting and compelling. But what may be the best part of the film in the writer-director team of Cave and Hillcoat. I can't stress enough how great "The Proposition" was. If you haven't seen it and have a Netflix account, move it to the top of your queue, because it's worth it.

Production is set to get under way next month and is aiming for a 2012 release.

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