Matthew McConaughey Desires Death in Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees'
Next month we'll see if Matthew McConaughey takes home the Oscar for Best Actor for his spectacular turn in last year's Dallas Buyers Club, and now we have a new project for the actor as well. The Wrap reports McConaughey, who has been enjoying quite the career surge over the past few years, has joined the cast of Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant's new drama Sea of Trees. The script hails from Buried writer Chris Sparling and follows McConaughey as a man who takes a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji (that's a real, depressing place) with the intention of killing himself.
However, a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe of Inception) who has had second thoughts about his own suicide interrupts him as he attempts to find his way out of the forest. As you might expect, the two take an interest in each other in a moment of reflection and might even find salvation. McConaughey and Watanabe have both worked with the great Christopher Nolan before, but this will be the first time working with Van Sant, who will hopefully have a stronger film to deliver than the environmentally charged Promised Land. This certainly sounds like it has Oscar potential, especially with Life of Pi producer Gil Netter on board.