You probably know him best from a career of comedic roles, including Hot Tub Time Machine and The Office, but Clark Duke is making his directorial debut with the crime film Arkansas. The Lionsgate feature was just announced to debut at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off on March 13 in Austin, Texas and ahead of the film’s premiere, we’ve got an exclusive look at the poster, which is touting a pretty darn stacked cast.
Described as a “gritty, darkly comedic thriller,” Arkansas explores the criminal underworld of the Deep South in the 80s to the present. Duke and Liam Hemsworth star as two drug runners in the Dixie Mafia who have to have to contend with the drug Kingpin they work for (played by Vince Vaughn) when a deal goes wrong. Written by Duke and Andrew Boonkrong, Arkansas also stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Eden Brolin, Chandler Duke and John Malkovich.
For those heading to SXSW, Arkansas is screening as a part of the Narrative Spotlight section and debuts in the SXSW Film Theater at the Austin Convention Center on March 15 at 8:30 P.M. Head over to the official festival website for more ticketing and badge details. Arkansas arrives in select theaters, on Apple, Amazon and On Demand on May 1.
Here’s the official synopsis for Arkansas:
In Clark Duke’s directorial debut, Kyle (Liam Hemsworth) and Swin (Clark Duke) live by the orders of an Arkansas-based drug kingpin named Frog (Vince Vaughn), whom they’ve never met. Posing as junior park rangers by day, they operate as low-level drug couriers by night under the watchful eye of Frog’s proxies (John Malkovich and Vivica A. Fox). However, after one too many inept decisions, Kyle and Swin find themselves directly in Frog’s crosshairs, who mistakenly sees them as a threat to his empire. Based on John Brandon’s best-selling book of the same name, ARKANSAS weaves together three decades of Deep South drug trafficking to explore the cycle of violence that turns young men into criminals, and old men into legends.