The story follows three brothers who run a successful bootlegging business in prohibition-era Virginia. As their business begins to become more lucrative and various other parties begin to demand a cut, one of the brothers, Jack (LaBeouf), becomes embroiled with a local gangster, Floyd Banner (Oldman). Matters are then further complicated by the arrival of Guy Pearce’s special agent, tasked with bringing an end to the operation. The screenplay is based on a novel by Matt Bondurant, called The Wettest County in the World, and Bondurant himself is a direct relative of the three brothers in question.
Lawless will be in competition at Cannes in the coming weeks and is due for release in September of this year. Personally, I am very excited and expect big things from this impressive ensemble.