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.

  • indy42

    McConaughey’s too old for Stu Redman, I think. My personal choice would be Timothy Olyphant (too on-the-nose, maybe?)

    But McConaughey would probably knock Randall Flagg out of the park. That would be awesome.

    • Dan_K

      I think Olyphant would kick ASS as Redman. That’s a great suggestion.

    • Norrtron

      While I agree that Olyphant would be great, he’s older then McConaughey.

  • Tlaws

    McConaughey as Flagg would launch The Stand into the #1 spot on my most anticipated films list. The King of Nowhere, the Walking Dude.. Hollywood loves giving great villains Oscars. The Joker, Chigurh, Hans Landa…. Randy Flagg. Do it.

  • 80sRobot

    I predict he won’t do The Stand. Sounds like typecasting due to his amazing turn in True Detective. He’s one actor who lately keeps trying to do new roles.

    • scififan

      The Stand and True Detective are very different projects. I could see him playing Flagg, just as long as he gives it 100% – he has the confidence and charm but there needs to be a vicious, violent energy to him that’ll make him more of a threat then I’ve seen him be so far. He has to be appealing but at the same time absolutely repulsive, and I’d be excited to see him tackle that role (and I’m not usually a MaConaughey fan).

      • 80sRobot

        Oh I don’t disagree with your assessment. I just predict McC will pass.

  • George

    Yes, please god for Randall Flagg.

  • Dan_K

    I would LOVE to see McConaughey take on Flagg. He would kill that.

  • Georce Johnson

    The Stand’s already had a pretty good mini series. There’s no guarantee that this would be any better. The story lends itself to a mini series far more than big screen installments.

  • Parker

    Gold sounds boring….go with Stand.

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  • Mark

    Josh Boone tweeted that he actually wants McConaughey to play Stu and Christian Bale for the part of Randall Flagg.

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