The Oscar winner will play a rebellious charmer in Harmony Korine’s feature.
Matthew McConaughey looks set to be returning to his comedic stoner roots, having been cast as the lead in The Beach Bum from Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine.
Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher (Birdman), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (Spotlight) and Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce, with principal photography scheduled to begin in July.
Rocket Science will handle international sales commencing at the EFM in Berlin, while CAA arranged financing for the film and will represent its N. American distribution rights.
The Beach Bum follows the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious and loveable rogue who lives life large.
“The Beach Bum will be a wild, audacious ride!,” said Korine. “And I can’t think of anyone better than Matthew McConaughey to play our hero Moondog, a rebellious charmer in this fast-paced, uplifting and irreverent comedy.”
Added Lesher: “In The Beach Bum, Harmony has crafted the perfect movie for our dark and serious time – a refreshingly original, irreverent, and hilarious stoner comedy that only he could create.”
Thorsten Schumacher, CEO and founder of the newly-launched Rocket Science, commented: “Exhilarating and outrageous, Matthew McConaughey’s Moondog character is pure charisma – a force of nature and an uncompromising maverick with a lust for life and everything it throws at him.”
Korine is represented by CAA, and McConaughey by CAA and Morris Yorn.