With a Best Actor Oscar within his grasp, Matthew McConaughey continues to make excellent and exciting career choices. After working with Richard Linklater, Steven Soderbergh, Jeff Nichols, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan over the past two years, The Wrap reports that the actor is now in line to star in director Gus Van Sant’s new drama Sea of Trees. Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” Ken Watanabe is onboard to co-star, and this sounds like yet another fascinating character and story for McConaughey to tackle.
The actor is currently filming Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar and is doing some truly astonishing work on HBO’s fantastic anthology series True Detective. There’s no word on when production of Sea of Trees might begin, but this is certainly shaping up to be a promising project. Van Sant’s last feature was the 2012 drama Promised Land.