We've reported in the past about the resurgence of Matthew McConaughey's career as he leaves dumb rom-coms behind for more serious fare, such as 'The Lincoln Lawyer,' the upcoming 'Bernie,' 'The Paperboy' and 'The Dallas Buyer's Club.' And we've chastisedReese Witherspoon for abandoning dramas for mindless fare. So it's with a fast-beating heart that we are able to report, via The Hollywood Reporter, that McConaughey, Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan ('The Tree of Life') are in talks to star in the character-driven drama 'Mud' for writer-director Jeff Nichols.
In the film, written by Nichols, a fugitive named Mud (McConaughey) is befriended by a 14-year-old boy (Sheridan), who helps him escape off an island in Mississippi as he attempts to reunite with his soul mate Juniper (Witherspoon).
Nichols is an up-and-coming young director. His 'Take Shelter,' about a young husband and father who, plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and won the Critic's Week Grand Prize at the 2011 Festival de Cannes.
'Take Shelter' will be released by Sony Pictures Classics Sept. 30.