Matthew McConaughey new movie — can Park Chan-Wook save "Serenity" actor?

Serenity dir. Steven Knight 2019

Director Park Chan-Wook could spotlight Matthew McConaughey's talents to get him on track.

Matthew McConaughey's career has had many twists and turns. Primarily known as one of the handsome heartthrobs of rom-com's past, the actor starred in numerous forgettable features exploring the classic boy-meets-girl concept. Of course, some of these were pretty creative and have maintained a following, but nobody was really calling out for McConaughey to step up. That is until he strived to prove his diversity and talents in a series of roles which won over audiences everywhere.  

The appropriately coined “McConaissance” refers to the period in which the actor turned in a series of stellar performances, becoming one of the most hotly demanded screen presences on the planet. The height of this would be Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. During this time, we saw him build his portfolio with the likes of True Detective, Mud, Killer Joe, Interstellar and more. However, since then he has been in decline. 

McConaughey is a great actor and one capable of embracing a multitude of roles; sadly, he's just not had much luck lately. He turned in so many terrific characters in such a short space of time that his more recent output has felt a little underwhelming. We're talking Serenity, Free State of Jones, White Boy Rick, Gold. It's not bad work at all, it's just that none of these films or performances are as impressive as those mentioned prior. Despite this, the future looks very hopeful indeed.

As reported by Empire, the star is being eyed for a role in Park Chan-Wook's latest film. The filmmaker has graced audiences with such works as Oldboy, Thirst, Stoker, The Handmaiden and many more, proving himself to be one of the most notable South-Korean director's of his generation; maybe even the most.

This forthcoming project is being called The Brigands of Rattlecreek and will tell the tale of a group of criminals who rob a small town during a thunderstorm, however, the local doctor decides to exact revenge. The script has been written by S. Craig Zahler, director of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, so we can anticipate great levels of violence from this one.

It sounds like McConaughey is being approached to play the doctor, but his casting is yet to be confirmed. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine him turning down a director as prestigious as Park Chan-Wook, who could definitely help him steer his career in the right direction once again. In fact, with this news and his upcoming role in Harmony Korine's The Beach Bum, we could witness another “McConaissance” after all. 

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