By Terri Lee Sylvester

HOLLYWOOD (WWJ) – With Lawless, Shia LaBeouf moves from the make-believe world of the “Transformers” to a story based on actual historical events.

Lawless kicks off in 1931 Prohibition-era Virginia. It tells the true-life story of the three Bondurant brothers who make their living as bootleggers. LaBeouf stars as the youngest brother, Jack; Jason Clarke is Howard, the eldest brother; and Tom Hardy is Forrest, the most infamous of the three.

The Bondurant brothers’ legacy revolves around Forrest, who has beaten death time and again, fueling the legend that he is invincible. That belief is tested, however, when the law – in the form of Special Deputy Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce) – comes to town aiming for his share of the brothers’ profits. What ensues next is nothing short of “a fight to the finish.”

With this movie, film buffs can say “so long Sam Witwicky and hello Jack, as this movie marks a “transformation” for LaBeouf, who’s now playing a tougher and meaner character than the one he played in the Transformers movies.

Lawless also stars Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan and Gary Oldman.

Lawless is rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. In theaters now.

Click here for the official website and to view the trailer.

See you at the movies!

Follow Terri on Twitter @TerriJLee

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