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Matthew McConaughey Joins “The Rivals Of Amziah King” Ahead Of Its Cannes Market Pitch

Matthew McConaughey has been tapped to play the lead character in the Andrew Patterson-helmed movie. Matthew McConaughey has joined “The Rivals of Amziah King,” per a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

Black Bear will be pitching the crime thriller penned and directed by Andrew Patterson (known for directing “The Vast of Night”) to buyers at the Cannes Market next week.

All We Know About Matthew Mcconaughey’s Latest Project “The Rivals of Amziah King”

Black Bear Pictures and Heyday Films will be producing the upcoming feature film set in a remote town in Oklahoma, with Black Bear International leading the international pre-sales at the Cannes film market. WME Independent will be handling its distribution in the US.

While plot details are scarce at the moment, McConaughey has been confirmed to play the titular character “Amziah King,” with David Heyman (“Gravity”, the “Harry Potter” franchise), who will producing through his Heyday Films, teaming up with Teddy Schwarzman and Michael Heimler from Black Bear.

Matthew McConaughey Joins “The Rivals Of Amziah King” Ahead Of Its Cannes Market Pitch

“The Rivals Amziah King” is Patterson’s follow-up to his well-received feature debut, “The Vast of Night,” which premiered at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival and was picked up by Amazon Studios worldwide.

The sci-fi thriller went on to win the Bingham Ray breakthrough director honor at the 2021 Gotham Awards. It also earned him an Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay – an honor he shared with co-writer Craig W. Sanger.

The project joins Black Bear’s already impressive Cannes market slate, which includes projects that have already tapped A-listers like Kate Hudson, Jacob Elordi, Will Poulter, Jake Gyllenhaal and Henry Cavill. The genres of these movies range from crime thrillers, epic romance to action movies.

McConaughey and Patterson are repped by WME.

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