added: Wed, Jan 16th '13
When it premiered last year at Cannes, Jeff Nichols' dramatic thriller "Mud" was lauded for its Mark Twain-esque coming-of-age tale about two adventurous boys who form a sympathetic relationship with a mysterious fugitive named Mud (played by Matthew McConaughey). Now, we have a look at the film's first trailer. And it appears the Arkansas-born filmmaker, whose last film was the fantastic psychological disaster-thriller "Take Shelter," has again brought a new unique look at southern lifestyle, not normally seen in films today.
This time, Nichols has cast Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, and his frequent collaborator Michael Shannon to join McConaughey in a southern-fried suspense tale about two Mississippi boys whipped into a risky world when they decide to help Mud evade the police and a determined bounty hunter (Shepard), so he can reunite with his loyal girlfriend (Witherspoon) who's waiting for him on the other side of town.
The film, which also co-stars Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon and Joe Don Baker, will have a limited theatrical run starting on April 26th. It's also set to screen in a couple of days at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Mud is the story of an improbable friendship between 14-year old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and a charismatic fugitive named Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Exploring the nearby Mississippi river, Ellis and his best friend (Jacob Lofland) discover a deserted island where they encounter Mud, a dirty, desperate yet oddly compelling stranger. Mud is on the run for a crime of passion, and bounty hunters are closing in on him. Moved by the romantic notion of his story and intrigued by the promise of a great adventure, the boys conspire to aid Mud in his escape and reunite him with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon).
directed by Jeff Nichols
starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Joe Don Baker
release date April 26, 2013 (Limited)