"Boardwalk Empire" may have just ended its first season, but Hollywood isn't ready to give up on Prohibition yet. The Los Angeles Timeshas the news that Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf are teaming up to star in the dramatic thriller "The Wettest County in the World," which is coming at us from "The Road" director John Hillcoat. Tom Hardy and LaBeouf will be playing Prohibition-era bootleggers and brothers... that is if the Times' sources are correct.
The screenplay for "County" is written by Nick Cave, who's best known for writing "The Proposition." The story will be based on the Matt Bondurant novel of the same name, which is fiction but inspired by Bondurant's family's real-life bootlegging adventures.
The three main characters are Jack, the youngest and most optimistic of the brothers; Forrest, who is reserved and suspicious, and Howard, who is aggressive and ready to take on their family's enemies. Assumedly LaBeouf would be playing Jack and Hardy would most likely be Forrest.
"County" had been put on hold for a while, but is reportedly now set to begin shooting in the spring. We should expect casting announcements for the third brother and author Sherwood Anderson within the next few weeks.
Above info from this website
READ THE BOOK by Matt Bondurant. You will get much insight into our Franklin County Virginia, the Wettest County in The World. Although the book is fiction, it is based on a true story "The Franklin County Conspiracy."
"Blue Ridge moonshining found itself in the national spotlight with the so-called Conspiracy Trial of 1935. Despite scores of busts by revenuers in the 1920s and early 1930s, the moonshining industry continued to thrive. In Franklin County officials were accepting protection fees from moonshiners, and the Sheriff himself oversaw the complex bribery system. Small-time bootleggers were squeezed out as money and power were consolidated.
Between 1930 and 1935 local still operators and their business partners sold a volume of whiskey that would have generated $5,500,000 in excise taxes at the old 1920 tax rate. A federal investigation resulted in 34 people being indicted. Those charged included 19 moonshiners, one corporation, and nine government officials."
read more about that here from Blue Ridge Institute.
Visit our Franklin County Historical Society, just three blocks from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast to learn more about this illicit Franklin County history and to see an example of a typical Blue Ridge still. The little diner mentioned in Matt's book is just one block behind us, The Hub.
We wish we were the boarding house mentioned in this novel, which was Sherwood Anderson's quarters, but we fear this movie is being filmed in West Virginia, and not here in the Wettest County in the World!
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