Matthew McConaughey Joins Gus Van Sant’s Sea Of Trees

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The McConaissance is on a roll and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon. As he heads into Oscar season as a favorite for Best Actor, Matthew McConaughey isn’t set to just rest on his laurels. He’s currently doing some excellent work on HBO’s True Detective and is also filming Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Hoping to keep busy and continue his hot streak, the actor has now joined Gus Van Sant’s upcoming film Sea of Trees, alongside Ken Watanabe.

With a script from Chris Sparling that landed on the 2013 Black List, Sea of Trees will tell the following story:

“An American man taking a journey into the infamous “Suicide Forest” at the foothills of Mount Fuji intends on taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who has had second thoughts about his own suicide and is trying to find his way out of the forest, the two begin a journey of reflection and survival.”

Sounds like some pretty weighty material, and exactly the kind of role that McConaughey can really sink his teeth into. As a big fan of this career resurgence that the actor is currently experiencing, I’m happy to see him taking on more challenging parts. With talent like Van Sant and Watanabe helping him out, Sea of Trees should prove to be yet another excellent credit to add to his resume and might even result in a second Oscar nod for the seemingly unstoppable actor.