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Matthew McConaughey Joins Gus Van Sant's SEA OF TREES

February 6, 2014
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Matthew McConaughey is having one hell of a great year. Racking up awards around town for his work in "Dallas Buyers Club", with an Oscar nomination for Best Actor also on the table. He captivated in one of my personal favorite films of the year, "Mud", directed by Jeff Nichols. He's also starring opposite Woody Harrelson on the new HBO series "True Detective", which is receiving critical acclaim for it's solid performances and eerily cool tone.

McConaughey has no plan to slow his streak down. He has now joined a new project opposite Ken Watanabe called "Sea of Trees". Gus Van Sant is directing the film and Chris Sparling ("Buried") wrote the screenplay.

The film is set in the "Suicide Forest" near Mont Fuji in Japan. The story focuses on an American man (McConaughey) who journeys to the Suicide Forest to take his own life. A Japanese man (Watanabe) interprets his pursuit as he is trying to find his way out of the forest, after having second thoughts about his suicide. The two of them then journey and try to survive through the forest together, in a journey of self reflection.

The last big hit of Van Sant's was "Milk" starring Sean Pean. This sounds like a very different film for all players involved and should be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Do you like the sound of this project? Let us know in the comments section below!

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