Oldman, Pearce Visit “The Wettest County”

Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska have joined the cast of John Hillcoat’s Prohibition drama “The Wettest County In The World” for Benaroya Pictures and Annapurna Production says The Hollywood Reporter.

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 (Shia Labeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke) 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.

Pearce will play an overly violent deputy who comes down hard on the Bondurants. Oldman will play a gangster who engages the boys to deliver alcohol.

Wasikowska plays a local Mennonite girl and love interest for the youngest brother Jack (Labeouf). Dane DeHaan and Jessica Chastain also star. Production is set to get under way February 28th in Georgia.