Matthew McConaughey Drama Gold Enters Oscar Race With Christmas Release

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Matthew McConaughey Drama Gold Enters Oscar Race With Christmas Release

Studios are fast beginning to stake out release dates for their Oscar-tipped dramas and Gold, the starry adventure pic that finds Matthew McConaughey on the hunt for Indonesian treasure, is now booked in for release on December 25, 2016.

Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, the long-gestating drama now finds itself smack bang in the middle of Hollywood’s awards circuit, opening only a few days after David Frankel’s star-studded dramedy, Collateral Beauty.

Whereas Frankel’s feature centers on a New York advertising executive down the dumps, Gold is all about the “epic tale of one man’s pursuit of the American dream,” as McConaughey’s prospector packs in his 9-to-5 to partner with a geologist (Edagar Ramirez) as they go about finding a legendary treasure.

Lifting inspiration from a true story – ever a trait that piques the interest of the Academy – McConaughey and Ramirez’s quest then becomes about safeguarding their plundered loot as they cross paths with “the most powerful boardrooms of Wall Street.” Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Bruce Greenwood and Toby Kebbell round out the ensemble.

Matthew McConaughey will plunder the expansive Indonesian jungle for Gold when Stephen Gaghan’s long-awaited feature opens on December 25, 2016.