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Matthew McConaughey Joins Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant's Sea Of Trees

The McConaughsance is here and it's not going anywhere any time soon. Matthew McConaughey has managed to completely transform his career over the last couple of years, going from starring in crappy romantic comedies to terrific critical darlings like Mud and Magic Mike. A big reason for this achievement is that the star has begun working with the best of the best directors around, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, and Richard Linklater. Now he's getting set to team up with another one of our best modern filmmakers, as The Wrap is now reporting that McConaughey is attached to star in Gus Van Sant's upcoming drama Sea of Trees.

In the movie McConaguhey will star as an American man who has given up on all hope in his life. He decides to fly out to the infamous "Suicide Forest" at the bottom of Mount Fuji with plans to die amongst the trees, but this plan is interupted when he meets a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who has had second thoughts about his suicide and has decided he wants to live. The two men team up to try and escape the forest and "begin a journey of reflection and survival." Chris Sparling, who first earned attention in the film community with his one-location thriller Buried, wrote the original screenplay, and it was featured on the 2012 Black List (the annual list of the most popular unproduced scripts).

One could argue that McConaughey had the best year of his career in 2013. Things began superbly with the release of the indie coming-of-age festival hit Mud, and things only got better with performances in his starring role in Dallas Buyers Club and his supporting spot in The Wolf of Wall Street. There is an extremely good chance that he would walk away with the Best Actor Academy Award come Oscar night, and, honestly, it would be one of the best decisions the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could make this year.

The actor can currently be seen weekly starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the HBO series True Detective, but later this year he will also be front and center in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar. You can watch the teaser trailer for that film below:

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.