Shia LaBeouf Gangster Movie Wettest County Release Pushed Back To August

2012 is officially underway and at this point, we should, more or less, have a good idea of how the calendar year is going to look as far as movie releases go. That doesn’t mean things can’t change, as is the case for John Hillcoat’s upcoming gangster drama Wettest County, which was originally slated for an April release and is now being held off until August.

Based on a true story, Wettest County follows the Bondurants brothers, three “rural hard-men” with rebellious natures who went on to become bootleggers during the Depression. Per Variety, the film was originally set to release in theaters on April 20th, however, it would’ve been sharing a weekend with a number of other anticipated films, including Scary Movie 5, The Lucky One, Lockout, Seeking a Friend at the End of the World, House at the End of the Street, and Disney’s Chimpanzee. The Weinstein Company has decided to move Wettest County back four months, setting its new release date at August 31st, where it’s only opening weekend competition (so far) is 7500 and The Possession.

While the film may stand a better chance opening on a weekend when summer is already winding down for movies, the movie does have some star power, which should add to its appeal, with Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, and Guy Pearce among the cast. And those who were disappointed by the cancellation of the short-lived Shawn Ryan cop-drama series The Chicago Code may be pleased to see series star Jason Clarke playing one of the Bondurant brothers in Wettest County.

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