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Tom Hardy joins Shia LaBeouf in John Hillcoat’s revived PROMISED LAND

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 8th, 2010

Whatever is better than "good news" is what this piece of information falls directly under.

According to 24 Frames, not only is John Hillcoat returning to his thought to be dead adaptation of the Matt Bondurant piece, The Wettest County In The World, but has found new financing, and one hell of a cast to join him.

The outlet is reporting that Shia LaBeouf (who has been with the project since day one, along with Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, and Michael Shannon), will now be joined current “it” actor Tom Hardy. The rest of the previous cast appears to have fizzled out.

PROMISED LAND is an adaptation of the aforementioned Bondurant novel, and follows “a family of Prohibition-era bootleggers, and crimes committed by and against them.” And while it may seem like a long ways off, since it had dissolved earlier this year, it is apparently slated to shoot in the spring of 2011.

How is it possible to be anything but absolutely ecstatic that this film, a seeming passion project for the PROPOSITION filmmaker will be shooting relatively soon, with one hell of a duo leading its cast, and Nick Cave penning the script? I think both LaBeouf and Hardy will be absolutely amazing in their respective roles, and this is a perfect fit for both Cave and Hillcoat.

Side note, The Playlist has heard rumors that Hillcoat has left the film that was meant to replace this very project, a cop drama starring LaBeouf called TRIPLE NINE. More on this as we hear about it, but it makes sense given the quickness with which this film is going to start production.

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