The writer and director of the upcoming crime thriller ‘The Rivals of Amziah King’, Andrew Patterson, has cast ‘Interstellar’ actor Matthew McConaughey in the starring role.
According to Deadline, Black Bear International will kick off its international sales in Cannes, with WME Independent managing the rights in the United States.
The specifics of the film’s narrative are being kept under wraps; nonetheless, it is being billed as a highly atmospheric, character-centered criminal thriller that is set against the unique background of distant Oklahoma. Amziah King is the name of the character that McConaughey will play in the film.
According to Deadline, Black Bear Pictures is responsible for the entirety of the film’s finance. David Heyman of Heyday Films, Teddy Schwarzman and Michael Heimler of Black Bear Productions, Jeffrey Clifford, Will Greenfield, and Patterson all of Heyday Productions are the film’s producers.
Rob Silva of Heyday, John Friedberg, and Christopher Casanova of Black Bear are Executive Producers.
The Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey has recently resumed his voice role as Buster Moon in ‘Sing 2’ and played Elvis Presley in ‘Agent Elvis’ for Sony and Netflix. In addition, he will act in the 2019 crime picture ‘The Gentlemen’ directed by Guy Ritchie.
Additionally, he is in the process of negotiating a role in the unnamed sequel to “Yellowstone.”
The debut feature film by Patterson, titled “The Vast of Night,” had its world premiere at Slamdance in 2019, and then went on to play at other festivals in Palm Springs, Edinburgh, the Hamptons, and Toronto.
Amazon Studios acquired the international rights, and Patterson went on to be honored with the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award at the 2021 Gotham Awards. Additionally, Patterson was nominated for the Gotham Awards in the categories of Best Screenplay and Audience Award.
In addition to that, he was considered for the Film Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best First Screenplay.