New Movie Posters: Dredd Lays Down the Law; Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf are Lawless
08.03.12 by BJSprecher
In director Pete Travis' (Endgame) new movie, Dredd, Karl Urban lays down the law in a dystopian future megalopolis in the grips of a drug war as Joseph Dredd, the most widely known and feared "Judge" in Mega City One, empowered to clean up the violent streets as judge, jury and executioner. In director John Hillcoat's (The Road) new movie, Lawless, Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy play Jack and Forrest Bondurant, two of a trio of bootlegging brothers who run afoul of the law during the Great Depression. So, what do the two movies have in common? New movie posters!
Dredd is based on the popular British comic book character created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra that first appeared in 2000 A.D. #2 (March 1977). The screenplay was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later). Here's a partial synopsis:
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture — a 200-story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Heady) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The cast of Dredd includes Langley Kirkwood as Judge Lex and Deobia Oparei as Judge T.J. Alvarez. It opens Sept. 21.
Lawless was written by Nick Cave (The Proposition), who also scored the movie. The movie is based on Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World, which details his family's background as bootleggers in rural Virginia. Here's the synopsis:
At the height of Prohibition, ambitious country boy Jack Bondurant (LaBeouf) dreams of becoming "Public Enemy #1" while reaping all the benefits that go with the gangster lifestyle. By expanding his family's moonshining business, he plots to launch a vast criminal empire while winning the heart of beautiful Amish girl Bertha (Mia Wasikowska). With his older, intimidating brother Howard (Jason Clarke) by his side, Jack has the brawn to get the job done, too. But they need a strong leader to guide them — a responsibility that falls on their eldest sibling Forrest (Hardy). Stoic and stalwart, Forrest is the kind of man who holds his cards close, and places a high value on character. Meanwhile, as the three siblings rise to power while battling treachery on both sides of the law, a mysterious woman named Maggie (Jessica Chastain) appears out of nowhere, prompting the thoughtful Forrest to question the true price of his outlaw ways.
Lawless also stars Academy Award-winner Gary Oldman as gangster Floyd Banner and Guy Pearce Chicago law dog Charles Rakes. It opens Aug. 29.
Here's a little Lawless bonus for you — an infographic about moonshine and bootlegging.