Mud is starting to have quite the line-up. We’ve already got Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon heading up Jeff Nichols’ new project but now Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Joe Don Baker and Paul Sparks have all signed up too.
The plot sees Mud, a recluse who’s found hiding out in the Mississippi by two teenagers. They help him evade the police and reunite with the love his life Juniper – a task which is easier said than does as both cops and bounty hunters are hot on his trail.
Matthew McConaughey will play Mud and Witherspoon will play Juniper. It’s no big suprise to see Michael Shannon on the bill as he was in Nichols’ Shotgun Stories as well as the forthcoming Take Shelter (which is being featured at the London Film Festival and was a big hit on the summer’s festival circuit). He’ll play Galen, the uncle of one of the boys with Paulson and McKinnon as the parents of the other.
Meanwhile Baker and Sparks will play bounty hunters, while Shepard will be another recluse called Tom Blankenship.
Nichols will be directing from his own screenplay, which producer Lisa Maria Falcone says is, “a beautiful story with rich characters learning valuable lessons through life-changing circumstances.”
It’s pencilled in for a 2013 release date. In the mean time Take Shelter will hit cinemas on November 25th.