Step aside, Katniss. Matthew McConaughey is on fire! After his McConaissance with his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club and Emmy-nominated True Detective, the actor has solidified himself as an acting tour de force. Now, after Interstellar, one of his next films looks just as intriguing.
As announced by Laika, the stop-motion animation company behind such astounding films as Paranorman and The Boxtrolls, McConaughey has joined the voice cast for Kubo and the Two Strings. It's Laika's fourth feature film and here's your first look:
Laika President and CEO Travis Knight will be directing Kubo and the Two Strings, which is described as a fantasy epic. From the sounds of the plot, which was revealed in a press release for the start of production, it sounds like just the kind of fantastic story we'd expect from Laika:
In the epic fantasy, scruffy, kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.
While it's unclear which role McConaughey will be taking, we know he'll be joined by Mad Max: Fury Road actress Charlize Theron, Pan star Rooney Mara, the recently Golden Globe-nominated Ralph Fiennes and 75-year-old actress Brenda Vaccaro. But here's one of the best parts: Art Parkinson, aka lil' Rickon Stark from Game of Thrones, will voice Kubo!
Audiences have been ooh-ing and ah-ing ever since Laika's first film, Coraline, came out, and it's fascinating to watch their film repertoire continue to grow and advance. The Boxtrolls, however, didn't quite satisfy as well as Paranorman did, but things are looking good so far for Kubo. After all, producer Chris Butler -- from Tim Burton's ghostly film Corpse Bride -- will be returning to tackle this next one.
Stop-motion animation is truly one of the more awe-inspiring techniques in filmmaking, and in an industry dominated by CGI-heavy theatrics, it's also a refreshing alternative. The only thing is that it takes forever to produce. We've got some time before we'll see Kubo and the Two Strings in theaters, as it's set for release on August 19, 2016.