First Trailer for MUD

It is with some sense of pride that we finally get to see attention building towards Matthew McConaughey's latest film, MUD. The film is directed by Arkansas native Jeff Nichols and he has continued to stay true to his home state while rising in relevance over the past few years. After 2007's Shotgun Stories the director was able to gain a bigger budget and still work with frequent collaborator Michael Shannon on 2011's indie hit Take Shelter. For those locally who read my site the film was shot in or around Stuttgart and Dumas. The film centers around McConaughey's mysterious character who calls himself Mud and seems to be a drifter who is discovered and subsequently befriended by two young boys. There are clearly many complications to Mud's story and what serve as the reasons he has become this drifter and possible fugitive. The trailer looks beautiful and hints at a film filled with tension and great performances. This also seems a more than worthy film to carry on the renaissance of McConaughey's career that has been taking place lately with films such as Bernie, Killer Joe, The Paperboy and Magic Mike. MUD also stars Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepherd, Michael Shannon and Sarah Paulson and opens in limited release on April 26th. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Synopsis: MUD is an adventure about two boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who find a man named Mud (Matthew McConnaughey) hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

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