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'Bad Country' trailer premiere: Contract killers, Neo-Nazis, and Bayou noir

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If you want to bring down a crime ring, you have to start thinking like a criminal. Any good movie cop knows that, and Willem Dafoe’s Bud Carter is no exception.

In Bad Country, Bud Carter teams up with Matt Dillon’s Jesse Weiland, an incarcerated man with Aryan Brotherhood affiliations, to try to uncover a larger, more sinister organization plaguing the Bayou environs. “He’s the ticket to something big,” Bud tells his fellow cops. Bud needs Jesse, and Jesse just wants to get back to his wife (played by Amy Smart) and his kid, so he becomes an informant for the people who put him behind bars in the first place. There’s a hit list, a body count, and a number of exploding cars.

The 1983-set film is the directorial debut of Boondock Saints producer Chris Brinker, who died suddenly in February at the age of 42 while the movie, previously titled Whiskey Bay, was in post-production. Tom Berenger, Neal McDonough, and Christopher Denham also star.

With its mysterious plot, shifting allegiances, moody music, and mustachioed men with agendas, Bad Country looks like a fun tribute to late 70s and early 80s-era crime thrillers. The stakes are real, and so are the awesome Southern noir hats and pinstripe suits. Take a look at EW’s exclusive premiere of the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Casting Net: Lenny Kravitz to play Marvin Gaye. Plus: Amy Smart, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz

• Rock musician Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger GamesPrecious) will get it on as celebrated singer-songwriter Marvin Gaye in an untitled biopic about the final years of the musician’s life, when he moved to Europe to overcome his substance abuse and ended up penning one of his most indelible hits, “Sexual Healing.” Julien Temple (The Filth and the Fury) will direct. [Evening Standard/Deadline]

Amy SmartTerry CrewsEddie Cibrian, and Nia Long have all signed up for Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club, Lionsgate announced Monday. Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) and William Levy (of Dancing With the Stars fame) costar in a comedy about a group of single mothers who create a support group. As the needlessly possessive title suggests, Tyler Perry will direct from his script, and also star. Lionsgate has set the film for a May 9, 2014 release.

• Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) will star in Tatua, about an assassin with the ability to use weapons tattooed on his skin, necessitating we see a great deal of his skin, which is why Kellan Lutz has a career. Visual effects artist Aaron Sims will make his feature directing debut from a script by Paul Layden. [Deadline]

Minnie DriverAlfred Molina, and Paul Adelstein (ABC’s Private Practice) will star in Return to Zero, an indie drama about a married couple (Driver and Adelstein) who navigate the terrifying consequences of a still born baby. Molina will play their doctor. Kathy Baker (Big Miracle), Andrea Anders (ABC’s Better Off Ted) and Sarah Jones (CBS’ Vegas) costar. Sean Hanish will direct from his script. [THR]

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