Dane DeHaan (“In Treatment,” “True Blood”) has joined the cast of John Hillcoat’s Prohibition drama “The Wettest County In The World” for Benaroya Pictures and Annapurna Production reports Up and Comers.
A Nick Cave-scripted 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.
DeHaan will be taking on the role of teenage bootlegger Cricket, the partner-in-crime for Jack (Shia Labeouf), the youngest of three leading brothers.
Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke and Jessica Chastain also star. Production set to get under way next month.