For those who may have had some slight concern that Matthew McConaughey would Travolta his second chance at fame after the box-office failures of Free State of Jones and The Sea of Trees — a $25 million film which opened last weekend with literally less than $3,000 — fear not. Not only does McConaughey have The Dark Tower ahead of him — which should keep him on the A-list for another decade — but he’s returning this December in an awards-contender, Gold.
Based on true events, McConaughey plays Kenny Wells who joins Toby Kebbell, Edgar Ramírez, Timothy Simon, Corey Stoll, and Bryce Dallas Howard in Gold, a movie about a guy who travels to Indonesia to search for gold, and he finds it. Boy, does he.
The film comes from Stephen Gaghan (Syrianna, Traffic), and the only confusion here is why McConaughey is in a role clearly better suited to his best friend, Woody Harrelson, who wouldn’t have to shave his head bald to play a seedy businessman.