Stephen Gaghan’s upcoming true-life mining drama Gold has secured Interstellar‘s Matthew McConaughey for the leading role, according to multiple sources.
Primed to be presented to foreign buyers at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin, the production is being overseen by Sierra/Affinity with plans to get the camera rolling in June. Currently, Gaghan’s Gold is set to film in a variety of locations around the globe, including New York, Thailand and New Mexico.
Based on a script from Patrick Massett and John Zinman (The Blacklist, Friday Night Lights), the director’s latest project will largely orbit around the true story of McConaughey’s Walsh, a wide-eyed prospector and hustler who pulls together some friends in order to pull of one of the most ambitious dreams he can conjure: unearthing vast amounts of buried gold deep within the Indonesian jungle.
At the time of writing, there is no other word on casting. Still, given McConaughey’s rise on Hollywood’s most-wanted listed with the McConnaissance and last year’s Oscar win, there’s no doubting the actor’s leading man chops. Couple this with the creative talent on display behind the camera, Crash writer/director Paul Haggis is among the producers, and you have a dramatic adventure that could prove to be another feather in McConaughey’s illustrious hat.
We’ll keep you posted on any developments pertaining to Gold, but for now, check out the detailed synopsis below.
Gold is inspired by the thrilling true story of Walsh (McConaughey), a modern day prospector, hustler and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Walsh teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last ditch effort: find gold deep in the unchartered jungle of Indonesia. Together, they embark on an incredible rollercoaster ride, journeying from Walsh’s sleepy mining town to the mysterious rivers banks of Borneo to the high stakes boardrooms of Wall Street, and culminating in one of the most unexpected and scandalous frauds of our time.