Up and comer Dane DeHaan has joined the cast of John Hillcoat’s “The Wettest County in the World”, the actor’s reps confirmed to us. He joins already cast actors Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke. Also circling a role is Mia Wasikowska, though she is still deciding between this project and “Stoker”, set up at Fox Searchlight, and is hoping to do both.
From a screenplay by Nick Cave and adapted from the novel of the same name by Matt Bondurant, “Wettest County” follows the antics of the three Bondurant brothers, bootleggers in Prohibition-era Virginia, from a true story of ondurant’s grandfather and granduncles. Hardy is on board to play Forrest, the middle brother, Chastain his love interest. LaBeouf is Jack, the youngest brother and main protagonist, while DeHaan would play the role of teenage bootlegger Cricket, crippled by rickets who is Jack’s partner in crime and shenanigans. No word on what role Clarke will take, though eldest brother Howard might be a reasonable guess.
DeHaan made his onscreen debut only two years ago on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, where many a movie star got their start, then moved on quickly to a breakout role on HBO’s critically acclaimed “In Treatment” and was recently cast in a recurring role on the new season of “True Blood”. He also has a supporting role in the currently filming “Jack & Diane”, starring Juno Temple and Riley Keough.
“The Wettest County in the World” shoots later this year aiming for a 2012 release.