Matthew McConaughey Eyed for GOLD and THE STAND

     August 22, 2014


Matthew McConaughey’s got an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for True Detective, he’s the star of one of the most anticipated movies of the fall, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and now, on top of that, it looks as though he might be lining up three more projects.

About a month ago we told you that McConaughey was in talks for The Company Man and now it’s being reported that he’s also wanted for the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand and Stephen Gaghan’s Gold as well.  Hit the jump for more on both films. [UpdateThe Stand director Josh Boone has taken to Twitter to clarify that he’s actually be writing the film with McConaughey in mind for the role of Stu Redman and Christian Bale in mind for Randall Flagg.  More after the jump.]

Here’s Boone’s Twitter response to the news, followed by our original story:

the-wolf-of-wall-street-matthew-mcconaugheyAccording to Deadline, Warner Bros. wants McConaughey to take the role of Randall Flagg in Josh Boone’s big screen rendition of The Stand.  In the book, after the plague wipes out most of the population, Flagg lures the lowest of the low to Las Vegas so he can put together a civilization of his own and turn it into the most powerful one in the nation.  However, The Wrap points out that even though McConaughey is being eyed to play Flagg, Boone originally thought he’d be a perfect fit for Stu Redman.  They then go on to note that as long as the film fits into McConaughey’s schedule, “it’ll likely be up to the actor to choose which role he wants to play.”

However, also according to The Wrap, McConaughey’s involvement in Gold is a little further along.  Apparently he’s nearing a deal to join forces with Gaghan on that one.  The script comes from Patrick Massett and John Zinman and is based on the true story of the Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal.  Back in the 90s, a company called Bre-X Minerals Ltd. bought the rights to a site in Indonesia and then, shortly after, found out that the area had an enormous gold despot.

Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures is set to produce that one alongside Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik for Hwy61.

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