You've got to give it up for Matthew McConaughey; he is forging a fascinating career for himself. Sure, with his sexy Texas twang and leading man good looks, he has done his share of cutesy rom-coms like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and flashy action flicks like Sahara. But he's also taken on riskier roles in such divisive films as William Friedkin's Killer Joe and Lee Daniels' Paperboy. Now, still steamy from the heat of Steven Soderbergh's wild and wildly successful stripper drama Magic Mike, McConaughey is set to hit theaters this spring as a fugitive with a dark secret in Mud.

Writer-director Jeff Nichols' follow-up to the critically heralded end of the world thriller Take Shelter centers on two Arkansas teens who think they've found the perfect hideaway when they discover a small boat stranded in the branches of a tree. But soon thereafter they find a mysterious squatter who calls himself Mud, a man they trust despite the bounty hunters that are thirsty for his capture. Check out a clip from the film here, and its first trailer below thanks to Yahoo:



While I was lukewarm on Nichols' debut feature, Shotgun Stories, his Take Shelter entranced me, and its final scene plagued and puzzled me for months. Based on this trailer, Mud looks like it will be similarly impactful and haunting.

Mud made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last May, where it drew praise as well as a nomination for the coveted Palme d'Or prize. It also features performances from Sam Shepard, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, recurring Nichols' collaborator Michael Shannon, Tree of Life's Tye Sheridan, and newcomer Jacob Lofland.

Mud opens April 26th.
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