First Look: Matthew McConaughey as Mud in Jeff Nichols' Film 'Mud'
Anyone else think he looks a little too obvious for a character named Mud in a film titled Mud? That said, Jeff Nichols, who directed staff favorite Take Shelter this year as well, is a very talented filmmaker on the rise and I trust he knows what he's doing. Once set to star Chris Pine, the project is a drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive (Mud, played by Matthew McConaughey) and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi. Empire has a first look photo from set, as it's currently shooting, and it's a worth a quick glance. "Mud's a dreamer," McConaughey explains. "He's an aristocrat of the heart."
To give you a clearer idea of what this is about, here's how McConaughey described it to Empire: "I guess it's a fairytale about love, in terms of what this boy finds out about love through Mud. And you don't see that many scripts that are good, sorta Stand By Me, summer-of-love fairytales like that." Mud is an escaped convict who befriends a young boy named Ellis, played by The Tree of Life's Tye Sheridan, and encourages him to dodge bounty hunters and reconnected with his on-off girlfriend, played by Reese Witherspoon. Michael Shannon (seen in Jeff Nichols' last film Take Shelter) and Sam Shepard also co-star in this. Shooting is underway, and we expect to see this hit some festivals sometime next year. Stay tuned for more!
Yup, that's mud all right.
aa on Nov 18, 2011
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