With the first season of "Boardwalk Empire" complete, where will audiences turn for their next hit of Prohibition-era crime entertainment?
According to The Los Angeles Times, "The Wettest County in the World," a period thriller to be written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat, the team behind "The Proposition," has two stars on board: Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. The duo will play 1920s bootleggers.
The project sounds like a win for everyone involved. Hillcoat’s last film, "The Road," was dark and challenging -- arguably distancing itself from mainstream audiences. On the flipside, LaBeouf has made a name for himself as the pretty boy in mainstream fodder like "Disturbia" and the "Transformer" films. Together, they might locate the sweet middle ground.
As for Nick Cave and Tom Hardy, the former is an underrated talent and the latter seems to be on the verge of mega-success. Most people will recognize Hardy as agent Eames from "Inception."
Together, with the lush backdrop of the 1920s, these talents could create some serious Oscar bait, not to mention a great film.
It's still unclear when the "The Wettest County in the World" will start shooting. Hardy has a TBA part in "The Dark Knight Rises." Our inner nerd says that's priority. But we imagine with two big names attached, the process will speed up exponentially.