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First Look: Matthew McConaughey Lost in Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees'

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September 12, 2014
Source: EW

The Sea of Trees

Following his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club last year, Matthew McConaughey has the anticipated sci-fi drama Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan coming this fall (which could result in the actor getting yet another Oscar nod). And after that, another awards-worthy performance seems to be following next year with The Sea of Trees from Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant. We haven't seen footage yet, but the story follows a man who journeys into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji with the intention of killing himself. Sounds pretty powerful, right? And now we have the first photo from the film which also stars Inception and The Last Samurai actor Ken Watanabe.

Here's the first photo from Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees from EW:

The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees is directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Elephant) and written by Chris Sparling (Buried). In the film, Matthew McConaughey plays a man who enters the infamous "Suicide Forest" in Mount Fuji, planning to kill himself. There he encounters a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who has second thoughts about his own suicide and attempts to find his way out of the forest. McConaughey says, "Everyone is going to leave the theater and have their own walk and talk through the parking lot to muse about its meanings, what it was about and what it wasn’t, what was real and what was a dream.” The film, which also stars Naomi Watts, is currently shooting in Massachusetts and is expected to arrive sometime in 2015.

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  • Why?
    VICE Magazine did an interesting story on this very forest in Japan. http://youtu.be/4FDSdg09df8
  • DAVIDPD
    I am not a spiritual man, but that forest seems to have seriously spiritual powers.

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