SXSW Film Review: Matthew McConaughey in ‘The Beach Bum’

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How can you tell when a movie star is committed to being taken seriously? It’s hard to ignore when someone like Matthew McConaughey drops a ton of weight, the way he did to play an emaciated HIV patient in “Dallas Buyers Club.” It’s also impressive whe…

STX Acquires US Rights to Guy Ritchie’s Action-Comedy ‘Bush’ from Miramax

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STX has acquired the U.S. rights to “Bush,” the next film from director Guy Ritchie, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The studio got the film, previously titled “Toff Guys,” out of the European Film Market from Miramax, which agreed to finance the picture and handle worldwide rights back in May 2018.

Matthew McConaughey stars alongside Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding and Michelle Dockery (taking over from Kate Beckinsale). “Bush” will explore the collision between old money in Europe and the modern marijuana industrial complex when a very British drug lord tries to sell off his empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

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Ritchie, who is directing and producing, wrote the script with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson. Ritchie’s upcoming film is the live action remake of “Aladdin” at Disney, and “Bush” represents a return to his roots that he established with tongue-in-cheek crime movies like “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch.”

“Bush” is currently in post-production and is expected to launch either late this year or early 2020, with STX planning a significant release.

CAA Media Finance brokered the deal for U.S. rights on behalf of Miramax.

Deadline was first to report.

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STX Punches For Guy Ritchie Crime-Comedy ‘Bush’ In Splashy $7M Deal, EFM 2019’s Biggest

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James Cameron Sets the Record Straight on Matthew McConaughey in ‘Titanic’ Rumor (Video)

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James Cameron is setting the record straight on an age old rumor that Matthew McConaughey was offered the role of Jack in Cameron’s “Titanic” but turned it down.

Cameron explained on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday that McConaughey did in fact audition for the movie, and they all really liked him. But then they met Leonardo DiCaprio.

“I just need everyone to back up for a second and realize not everything you hear on the internet is true,” Cameron told Jimmy Fallon. “Leo came in for an interview, and I had this weird thing, I looked around the room, and every woman in the building was in the meeting. Normally you meet with an actor and you’re one-on-one in an office. The accountant was there, and the female security guard. Maybe I should cast this guy.”

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McConaughey has addressed this rumor several times before as well. In 2012, he said in an interview with Larry King that he had auditioned for “Titanic” but had never been offered the part, not that he turned it down. And he joked that if he really was offered the part, his agent would be in for a world of trouble.

Then just last month, McConaughey stoked that rumor further in an interview with Andy Cohen, saying that when he auditioned, he thought he nailed the part. And in that interview, he claimed James Cameron himself started the rumor that he had turned it down.

“The audition went really well, well enough that when I left, I was being slapped on the back. You got it. This is what we’re looking for. Well enough that you call your agent and go, ‘Oh this is happening. I nailed it, and they’re really happy too.” McConaughey said. “And then there was a rumor, and James Cameron started this rumor somehow, that I got the role, and didn’t do it. This is false.”

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Well, Cameron not only denied that aspect of the story, but he hoped to make everything alright alright alright.

“The Matthew thing has become mythic,” Cameron said. “But I just want to say, Matthew, if you’re watching, are we good? It wasn’t me, man. I didn’t spread this rumor.”

Maybe McConaughey can star in one of the four upcoming “Avatar” sequels, which Fallon is apparently only just learning exist. Watch Cameron’s clip above.

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Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway & Steven Knight Are Furious With Aviron Over ‘Serenity’ Bailout

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EXCLUSIVE: Serenity stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are furious with distributor Aviron Pictures after they watched their latest film, Serenity, post the worst opening-weekend numbers of their careers. Now, the movie has a polarizing premis…

True Detective is teasing a crossover between its first and third seasons

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The aesthetic similarities between season one and season three of True Detective have been discussed at length since the latter’s premiere earlier this month. But the trailer for next week’s episode, “If You Have Ghosts,” marks the first time a direct …

‘Serenity’ Film Review: Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway Get Stranded in a Noir That Reeks of Fish Guts

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“There’s some weird stuff going on right now,” and ain’t that the truth in Steven Knight’s “Serenity.” The writer-director of “Locke” returns with a sleazy film noir about attempted murder on an isolated island, but it doesn’t take long before that underwritten, conventional storyline goes in an extremely odd (and extremely questionable) direction.

Matthew McConaughey stars as Baker Dill, a fisherman who’s so obsessed with catching one particular tuna — that tuna’s name is “Justice” — that he pulls a knife on his own customers, just to prevent them from catching it themselves. He doesn’t make a lot of money, that Baker Dill. And no matter how hard he tries, he never catches that danged fish.

Baker Dill meanders around Plymouth Island, a small community of salty fishermen and even saltier, stickier trysts. But although Baker Dill has a sexual arrangement with the well-to-do Constance (Diane Lane), he’s not entirely over his ex-wife, Karen (Anne Hathaway). So it’s awkward, to say the least, when she arrives on Plymouth Island unexpectedly — and asks Baker Dill to kill her new husband.

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To his credit, Baker Dill rejects her offer, but the more he learns about her husband, Frank (Jason Clarke), the more we realize Frank really is an abusive monster, who brutalizes Karen and Baker Dill’s son, Patrick (Rafael Sayegh). Maybe, just maybe, the world would be better off without Frank. And maybe, just maybe, Baker Dill is the man to do it.

And maybe, just maybe, that’s not very interesting. Knight, who’s written excellent crime thrillers like “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Eastern Promises,” doesn’t bring his usual, rich characters and believable dialogue to “Serenity.” For a long time, it plays like a copy of a copy of a copy of “Body Heat.” The nuance is lost, and only the perspiration remains. Every frame is so unbelievably sweaty you’ll pray for the sprinklers in the theater to go off.

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The story is all pressure points and no connective tissue, with big plot turns landing hard and everything in between feeling aimless. McConaughey carries the film as best he can, but his character is stuck halfway between “Mud” and “A Time to Kill” with no off-ramp in sight, and Hathaway has never looked this disinterested before. Some of the supporting cast (even the good ones) deliver their lines like they’re reading GPS directions, and it’s hard to blame them, because the dialogue rangers from perfunctory to absurd. “You fish for only one tuna,” one of the islanders tells Baker Dill. “And that fish is only in your head.”

By the halfway point, it’s getting hard to imagine why McConaughey and Hathaway were interested in this project, or why Knight wrote it. But then something happens that changes the whole direction of the story, and it happens so early that it’s impossible to truly critique the film without addressing it. But it also happens just late enough in the movie that revealing it is a gigantic spoiler. (This phenomenon is known as “The Terminator Genisys Effect.”)

Suffice it to say, before going any further, that “Serenity” looks and sounds like a subpar film noir on purpose, and the reason behind it is remarkably unsatisfying, and makes the film even more awkward and uncomfortable.

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What follows might be considered SPOILERS to some, so proceed with caution:

Without going into too much detail, the world of “Serenity” is not to be trusted, and it’s all part of a grand design. Nobody is who they say they are, and it’s Baker Dill’s responsibility to complete his quest — to catch the fish, or to kill Frank — or else something exceptionally bad will happen to his son.

If it sounds exciting, it’s not. The revelation — provided by Jeremy Strong (“Succession”), who’s essentially playing the running-gag pratfall guy from “Catalina Caper” — answers no questions, raises millions of others, and unveils some truly disgusting subtext that the movie never dares address.

We are expected to believe that Baker Dill is the hero, and that killing Frank might be the most moral out of all his options, because doing so will save Patrick. But in the process we learn things about Patrick that are deeply disturbing. Patrick is keenly interested in watching Frank sexually abuse his mother, for instance, but “Serenity” never confronts that disturbing facet of his character. Patrick is a creepy person in a creepy world ruled by a creepy creep with a creepy fixation on fishing, of all things, and “Serenity” sidelines that whole line of inquiry in favor of Baker Dill’s existential crisis and a ham-fisted insistence on following the “Fisherman Always Rings Twice” subplot to its (illogical) conclusion.

The best twists make you reevaluate everything you’ve seen before, and reveal new layers of the story that make the whole film stronger. The twist in “Serenity” makes you reevaluate everything you’ve seen before, but now it all makes less sense, as though Knight wasn’t particularly interested in the mechanics of his twist and only interested in pulling the rug out from under us. The joke’s on all of us, because the film, the filmmakers, the actors and even audience wind up falling flat on our bottoms. And it hurts.

“Serenity” is a twist in search of a movie, a film noir in search of a purpose, and a great cast in search of better material.

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You don’t have to be a detective to get ahead of the nutty Matthew McConaughey thriller Serenity

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Matthew McConaughey Will ‘Swallow Up the World’ in Red-Band ‘Beach Bum’ Trailer (Video)

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Here are just a few things that happen in the new red-band trailer for “The Beach Bum”: Matthew McConaughey steps out of a jacuzzi in a very revealing thong, an old man with glaucoma in both his eyes flies a plane while smoking the biggest joint you’ve ever seen, and Martin Lawrence feeds cocaine to a parrot.

That all sounds about right for a Harmony Korine movie, who is directing McConaughey in his follow-up to “Spring Breakers.” In the film, McConaughey plays a novelist and a rebellious stoner named Moondog who, after going on a particularly bad bender, finds himself arrested and forced to reform.

Oh, and he also promises to host a gang bang as soon as he finishes writing that Great American Novel. He’ll invite your mother, too.

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“One day I will swallow up the world, and when I do I hope you all perish silently,” Moondog says in the trailer as part of an epic poem.

Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Snoop Dogg, Lawrence and Jimmy Buffett (they spelled his name correctly this time!) star in the subversive, sun-soaked art house movie from Neon and Vice Studios.

“The Beach Bum” opens on March 22 before making its premiere at the SXSW film festival. Watch the red-band, NSFW trailer above.

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Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Olivia Wilde’s Directorial Debut to Premiere at 2019 SXSW Film Festival

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South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced its feature lineup for the 2019 film festival, which will include Matthew McConaughey’s “The Beach Bum,” Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart” and Shia LaBeouf’s “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

Jordan Peele’s “Us” was previously announced as the festival’s Opening Night film.

Annabelle Attanasio’s “Mickey and the Bear,” starring Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale, “The Highwaymen” starring Kevin Coster, Woody Harrelson and Kathy Bates, Logan Marshall Green’s “Adopt a Highway” starring Ethan Hawke and Elaine Hendrix, “The Day Shall Come” starring Anna Kendrick and Denis O’Hare, and “Villains” starring Bill Skarsgard and Maika Monroe have also been added to the lineup.

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Nearly 8,500 films were submitted this year. Feature films in the lineup screen in the following categories: Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary, Feature Competition, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, Global, Festival Favorites and Special Events.

‘As we head into our 26th edition, we couldn’t be more excited to once again share a completely fresh SXSW 2019 slate with our uniquely smart and enthusiastic SXSW audience,” said Janet Pierson, director of Film. “As always, we looked for a wide range of work, contemplating scale, style, tenor and tone. We hope that this year’s outstanding array of films from accomplished to emerging talent will entertain, surprise, and provoke.”

The 2019 SXSW Film Festival will take place from March 8 to March 17 in Austin, Texas.

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See below for the lineup.


Alice (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Josephine Mackerras
She did everything right until it all went wrong. Cast: Emilie Piponnier, Martin Swabey, Chloe Boreham (World Premiere)

Extra Ordinary (Ireland)
Directors/Screenwriters: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
Rose, a mostly sweet and mostly lonely small-town driving instructor, must use her supernatural talent to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely), from a washed-up rockstar who is using her in a satanic pact that will reignite his fame. Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia Doherty (World Premiere)

Go Back to China (China, United States)
Director/Screenwriter: Emily Ting
After spoiled rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana) blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father (Richard Ng) and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. Cast: Anna Akana, Richard Ng, Lynn Chen, Kelly Hu, Kendy Cheung, Aviva Wang (World Premiere)

Mickey and the Bear
Director/Screenwriter: Annabelle Attanasio
A headstrong Montana teenager navigates a loving but volatile relationship with her single, veteran father. In a desperate search for independence and her own identity, she risks family, heartbreak and her standing in the only place she can call home. Cast: Camila Morrone, James
Badge Dale, Calvin Demba, Ben Rosenfield, Rebecca Henderson (World Premiere)

Ms. White Light
Director/Screenwriter: Paul Shoulberg
Lex Cordova’s business is dying. She has a unique ability to connect with her clients that are terminally ill. It’s just everyone else that she has a problem with. Valerie is a no bullshit woman who loves living her life. Her only way out is thru Lex. Cast: Roberta Colindrez, John Ortiz,
Judith Light, Carson Meyer, Zachary Spicer (World Premiere)

Pig Hag
Directors: Sam Probst, Colby Holt, Screenwriter: Colby Holt
Jodie, a woman in her mid-thirties, struggles with the pressure to find a partner and have children. When she attends a Guns N’ Roses concert, she thinks she may have met a potential match–until he immediately ghosts on her. Cast: Anna T Schlegel, Tony Jaksha, Pete Zias,
Michael Henry, Nate Stoner, Maxwell Esposito, Amanda DeSimone, Alex Myerchin, Andrew Kudla (World Premiere)

Director: Keola Racela, Screenwriters: Matt Black, Laurence Vannicelli
When a group of naive teens working at a movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood. Cast: Evan Daves, Larry Saperstein, Jillian Mueller, Glenn Stott,
Robert Tann, Bill Phillips, Katelyn Pearce, Peter Reznikoff (World Premiere)

Saint Frances
Director: Alex Thompson, Screenwriter: Kelly O’Sullivan
At the start of the summer, Bridget has an abortion just as she lands a much-needed job in affluent Evanston, Illinois – nannying a six-year old. Cast: Ramona Edith-Williams, Kelly
O’Sullivan, Lily Mojekwu, Charin Alvarez, Jim True-Frost, Max Lipchitz, Mary Beth Fisher,
Francis Guinan, Bradley Grant Smith (World Premiere)

South Mountain
Director/Screenwriter: Hilary Brougher
When her teenagers head off to camp and her husband abruptly leaves her to begin a new family, Lila is left to her own curious and chaotic devices for a summer in her rural home in the Catskill mountains. Cast: Talia Balsam, Scott Cohen, Andrus Nichols, Michael Oberholtzer, Naian Gonzalez, Midori Francis, Macaulee Rusnak Cassaday, Isis Masoud, Violet Rea, Guthrie Mass (World Premiere)

Yes, God, Yes
Director/Screenwriter: Karen Maine
After an innocent AOL chat turns racy, a Catholic teenager in the early 00s discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her urges in the face of eternal damnation. Cast:
Natalia Dyer, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz, Francesca Reale, Susan Blackwell, Parker
Wierling, Alisha Boe, Donna Lynne Champlin (World Premiere)


Ernie & Joe
Director: Jenifer McShane
Ernie & Joe follows two officers with the San Antonio Police Department mental health unit who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment — one 911 call at a time. (World Premiere)

For Sama (United Kingdom)
Directors: Waad al-Khateab, Edward Watts
For Sama tells the epic story of a young woman’s journey through love, war and motherhood across five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. (World Premiere)

Museum Town
Director: Jennifer Trainer, Screenwriters: Noah Bashevkin, Pola Rapaport, Jennifer Trainer
From the ashes of a deserted factory, an ambitious center for contemporary art has emerged. With MASS MoCA, a familiar story of deindustrialization in a rural American town finds an
unconventional route to recovery. (World Premiere)

Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy (United Kingdom, U.S.)
Director: Elizabeth Carroll
Award-winning cookbook author, diehard environmentalist and feisty British nonagenarian Diana Kennedy reflects on an unconventional life spent mastering the cuisines of Mexico (World Premiere)

Stuffed (Canada, U.S.)
Director: Erin Derham
Stuffed is a documentary feature film about the surprising world of taxidermy and the passionate artists across the world who see life where others only see death. (World Premiere)

Director: Paul Solet
Pushed to his breaking point, a master welder in a small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains quietly fortifies a bulldozer with 30 tons of concrete and steel and seeks to destroy
those he believes have wronged him. (World Premiere)

Vision Portraits
Director/Screenwriter: Rodney Evans
A feature-length documentary that chronicles the creative paths of blind and visually impaired artists including a photographer (John Dugdale), dancer (Kayla Hamilton), writer (Ryan Knighton) and the film’s director, Rodney Evans. (World Premiere)

We Are The Radical Monarchs
Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, the film documents the journey of the group as they form, grow, and earn badges for units like “Black Lives Matter” and “Radical Beauty” (World Premiere)

Well Groomed
Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Stern
Well Groomed travels the humorous, visually stunning world of Competitive Creative Dog Grooming alongside the colorful women transforming their beloved poodles into living
sculptures. (World Premiere)

Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You
Directors/Screenwriters: Harrod Blank, Sjoerd Dijk
Rusty, a male race enthusiast, decides at 53 to get breasts. His father cuts his pay, his motorcycle friends abandon him and the women he dates all reject him. Rusty pursues her new
identity and only hopes to gain acceptance from others. (World Premiere)


The Beach Bum
Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine
The Beach Bum follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starring Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, and Isla Fisher, The Beach Bum is a refreshingly original and subversive. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania Lavie Owen, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Efron, Martin Lawrence (World Premiere)

Director: Olivia Wilde
Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school friendships and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming of age story for a new generationCast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie
Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Will Forte, Lisa Kudrow, Jason Sudeikis (World Premiere)

Good Boys
Director: Gene Stupnitsky, Screenwriters: Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky, Beth Stelling, John Phillips
The writers of Superbad and the producers of Sausage Party take on sixth grade in Universal Pictures’ Good Boys, an R-rated comedy about three friends on an epic one-day odyssey of bad decisions. Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Josh Caras (World Premiere)

The Highwaymen
Director: John Lee Hancock, Screenwriter: John Fusco
The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN stars Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.
Bates, Kim Dickens (World Premiere)

Untitled Seth Rogen/ Charlize Theron Comedy
Director: Jonathan Levine, Screenwriter: Dan Sterling
An ambitious diplomat with a spotless reputation and a hard-partying journalist hilariously redefine “international relations” as they try to keep their red-hot romance under wraps. Cast: Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy Serkis, June Diane Raphael, Ravi Patel and Alexander Skarsgård (World Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter: Jordan Peele
An original nightmare from Oscar-winner Jordan Peele (Get Out), starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Us pits an average American family against a terrifying opponent:
doppelgängers of themselves. Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Evan Alex, Shahadi Wright-Joseph, Madison
Curry, Cali Sheldon (World Premiere)


Adopt a Highway
Director/Screenwriter: Logan Marshall-Green
After being released from prison following a 20-year sentence for a minor offense, an ex-con must learn to navigate the world while coming to terms with his own life which has moved on – all while caring for an abandoned baby he finds in a dumpster. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Elaine
Hendrix, Diana Gaeta Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Mo McRae, Chris Sullivan, Nate Mooney,
Christopher Heyerdahl, Anne Marie Johnson (World Premiere)

The Art of Self-Defense
Director/Screenwriter: Riley Stearns
“The Art of Self-Defense” stars Jesse Eisenberg and is set in the world of karate. Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked on the street and enlists in a local dojo, led by a charismatic
Sensei (Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots (World Premiere)

Come As You Are
Director: Richard Wong, Screenwriter: Erik Linthorst
Three young men with disabilities embark on a road trip to a brothel in Montreal catering to people with special needs to lose their virginity and embrace their independence. Inspired by a true story and remake of the Belgian film Hasta La Vista. Cast: Grant Rosenmeyer, Hayden Szeto, Ravi Patel, Gabourey Sidibe, Janeane Garofalo, C.S. Lee, Jennifer Jelsema, Martha
Kuwahara, Delaney Feener, Asta Philpot (World Premiere)

The Day Shall Come (United Kingdom, United States)
Director: Chris Morris, Screenwriters: Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong
An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams. Cast: Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick,
Danielle Brooks, Denis O’Hare (World Premiere)

Frances Ferguson
Director: Bob Byington, Screenwriter: Scott King
A small town’s reaction to scandal. Cast: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, David Krumholtz (World Premiere)

I’m Just F*cking With You
Director: Adam Mason, Screenwriters: Gregg Zehenter, Scott Barkan
A young man and his sister endure a night of increasingly frightening practical jokes while spending the night at a secluded motel. Cast: Keir O’Donnell, Hayes MacArthur, Jessica McNamee (World Premiere)

Mother’s Little Helpers
Director/Screenwriter: Kestrin Pantera
When Joy Pride, a groovy 70’s burn-out on the caboose of the flower power movement learns she has weeks to live, her estranged children come together to do right by a mother who always did them wrong. Cast: Breeda Wool, Melanie Hutsell, David Giuntoli, Sam Littlefield, Kestrin Pantera (World Premiere)

Olympic Dreams
Director: Jeremy Teicher, Screenwriters: Alexi Pappas, Jeremy Teicher, Nick Kroll
In the Athlete Village at the Olympic Winter Games, Penelope (Alexi Pappas), a cross-country skier, befriends Ezra (Nick Kroll), a volunteer dentist, after a disappointing finish in her race. Penelope and Ezra share a special but limited time together. Cast: Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas, Gus Kenworthy, Morgan Schild, Jamie Anderson (World Premiere)

The Peanut Butter Falcon
Directors/Screenwriters: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
A young man with Down syndrome runs away from the retirement home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, Jon Bernthal, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Mick Foley (World Premiere)

Pink Wall (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Tom Cullen
Six scenes. Six years. Six moments that shaped the relationship of Jenna and Leon. Pink Wall examines what defines us, the pressures of gender expectations, and our perpetual struggle between life and ambition. Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Jay Duplass (World Premiere)

Run This Town (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Ricky Tollman
A political aide tries to corral his brash, outspoken boss when a young researcher at a newspaper gets word of a scandal that could make or break both of their careers. Cast: Ben
Platt, Nina Dobrev, Mena Massoud, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle, Scott Speedman (World Premiere)

Sword of Trust
Director: Lynn Shelton, Screenwriters: Lynn Shelton, Mike O’Brien
A curmudgeonly pawnshop owner and his man-child sidekick team up with an out of town couple to cash in on a family heirloom: a sword believed by alt history conspiracy nuts to be
proof that the South won the Civil War. Cast: Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins, Jillian Bell, Toby Huss, Dan Bakkedahl, Tim Paul, Whitmer Thomas (World Premiere)

Directors/Screenwriters: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen
When a pair of amateur criminals break into a suburban home, they stumble upon a dark secret and two sadistic homeowners who will do anything to keep it from getting out. Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Maika Monroe, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Donovan (World Premiere)

The Wall of Mexico (U.S., Mexico)
Directors: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak, Screenwriter: Zachary Cotler
A young white handyman, hired by a wealthy Mexican-American family to upkeep their ranch, finds himself caught between disgruntled locals and the family’s outrageously decadent daughters and discovers that something quite unusual is happening at the ranch. Cast: Jackson Rathbone, Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado, Alex Meneses, Moises Arias, with Mariel Hemingway, and Xander Berkeley (World Premiere)


Any One Of Us
Director: Fernando Villena
Through the inspiring journey of a recovering athlete, Any One of Us offers an unprecedented glimpse into the traumatic world of spinal cord injuries. (World Premiere)

Director: Alex Horwitz
A feature documentary about the emerging technology of self-driving vehicles and the big questions they raise: what is control and who do we become as we relinquish it to machines? (World Premiere)

Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World (Netherlands)
Director/Screenwriter: Hans Pool
Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World explores the exclusive world of Bellingcat, a highly- skilled and controversial collective of “citizen investigative journalists” dedicated to redefining breaking news in the 21st century. (North American Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter: Bill Haney
Breakthrough tells the story of a renegade, blues playing, Nobel prize winning, Texas scientist who created a cure for the world’s deadliest disease. Narrated by Woody Harrelson with a country-blues soundtrack. (World Premiere)

Building the American Dream
Director: Chelsea Hernandez
In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. Building the American Dream follows three immigrant families who are rising up to seek justice and equality in an industry rife with exploitation. (World Premiere)

Community First, A Home for the Homeless
Director: Layton Blaylock
Community First, A Home for the Homeless, is a feature documentary about a totally unique concept for mitigating homelessness. Conceived and created in Austin, Texas, Community First! Village is truly transforming the lives of homeless people. (World Premiere)

Human Nature
Director: Adam Bolt, Screenwriters: Adam Bolt, Regina Sobel
A once-in-a-lifetime scientific discovery called CRISPR gives us the power to change what it means to be human. Now it’s up to us to decide how far we should go. (World Premiere)

I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter
Director: Erin Lee Carr
Teen Michelle Carter’s actions shocked a nation – but what really happened behind closed doors? This HBO special showcases the prosecution’s point of view and alternately the
defense’s. Which side do you fall on? (World Premiere)

It Started As a Joke
Directors: Julie Smith Clem, Ken Druckerman
It Started As a Joke documents the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and reminds us of the healing properties of comedy – even in the most challenging of life’s circumstances. (World Premiere)

Jump Shot
Director: Jacob Ryan Hamilton
Jump Shot uncovers the inspiring true story of Kenny Sailors, the developer of the modern day jump shot in basketball, and how he defined the game, but why the game never defined him. (World Premiere)

Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story
Director: Troy Miller, Screenwriter: Kathy Griffin
In her first ever concert film, Comedienne Kathy Griffin details the aftermath following the release of her now infamous photo depicting President Donald J Trump. (World Premiere)

Director: Jenna Ricker
In the world of motor sports, the Indianapolis 500 has long been considered the only race. In May 1977, Janet Guthrie- the first woman to attempt Indy- earned herself a spot in the
prestigious field of 33. (World Premiere)

Red Dog
Directors: Casey Pinkston, Luke Dick
In the early 1980s, the only family that toddler Luke knew were the strippers, bouncers, and outcasts that made OKC’s rowdiest strip club their home. (World Premiere)

The River and the Wall
Director: Ben Masters
Five friends venture into the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands to document the environment before a wall is built. As the wilderness gives way to the bustling Rio Grande
Valley, they encounter the unexpected & enter uncharted emotional waters. (World Premiere)

Running with Beto
Director: David Modigliani
Follow Beto O’Rourke behind the scenes of his breakaway campaign to unseat Ted Cruz in the US Senate. With intimate access to the candidate, his family and team, the film captures Beto’s rise from a virtual unknown to a national political sensation. (World Premiere)

Sunset over Mulholland Drive (Germany)
Director: Uli Gaulke, Screenwriters: Uli Gaulke, Marc Pitzke
The vital power of creativity – a behind the scenes look into Hollywood’s retirement home. (North American Premiere)


Becoming LESLIE
Director: Tracy Frazier, Screenwriters: Sandra Guardado, Tracy Frazier
Becoming LESLIE reveals the inner and bizarre world of Leslie Cochran, a cross-dressing homeless misfit who became the most iconic and unlikely civic symbol of Austin, Texas. (World Premiere)

The Garden Left Behind
Director: Flavio Alves, Screenwriters: John Rotondo, Flavio Alves
A Mexican trans woman struggles to build a life for herself as an undocumented immigrant in New York City. Cast: Michael Madsen, Ed Asner, Carlie Guevara, Danny Flaherty, Alex Kruz, Anthony Abdo, Dawn Young, Tamara M. Williams, Miriam Cruz, Brock Yurich (World Premiere)

J.R. “Bob” Dobbs and The Church of the SubGenius
Director: Sandy K Boone, Screenwriters: Sandy K Boone, Jason Wehling
This film explores the underground movement that has galvanized the imaginative, the artistic, the nerdy, even the deranged – to examine the simmering dystopia in their culture, and do absolutely nothing about it… except, maybe, poke fun at it all. (World Premiere)

Director/Screenwriter: Numa Perrier
A true story. In the last days of her mother’s life, 19-year-old Tiffany crashes with five family members in a Las Vegas studio apartment. In order to make ends meet, her sister, a phone sex operator, introduces her to the world of fetish cam girls. Cast: Tiffany Tenille, Numa Perrier,
Stephen Barrington, Bobby Field, Brett Gelman, Rockwelle Dortch, Zoe Tyson, Dennis Jaffee, Jessa Zarubica (World Premiere)

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window (Hong Kong, United States)
Director: Andrew Hevia
A broken-hearted filmmaker navigates an unfamiliar city, an international art fair and his personal baggage in this intimate, playful and unexpectedly comedic documentary. (World Premiere)

One Man Dies a Million Times (Belarus)
Director/Screenwriter: Jessica Oreck
Set in the future, a story about seeds and genetic diversity, about growth and decay, about love and war, and about hunger of all kinds. Cast: Alyssa Lozovskaya, Maksim Blinov (World Premiere)

Red 11
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Screenwriters: Robert Rodriguez, Racer Rodriguez
Rob, an independent filmmaker, loses his investor’s money only to find out his investors are the Cartel. He checks himself into a medical research facility to pay off his debt, but quickly realizes it won’t be that easy. Cast: Roby Attal, Lauren Hatfield, Carlos Gallardo, Alejandro Rose Garcia,
Rebel Rodriguez, Racer Rodriguez, Eman Esfandi, Steven Brudniak, Brently Heilbron, Pierce Foster Bailey (World Premiere)

Romantic Comedy (United Kingdom)
Director: Elizabeth Sankey
Musician and writer Elizabeth Sankey investigates the past, present and future of romantic comedies, assisted by a chorus of critics, actors and filmmakers. (World Premiere)

Sakawa (Belgium, Netherlands)
Director/Screenwriter: Ben Asamoah
What human story lies behind the phenomenon of ‘internet fraud’? In Sakawa we meet three Ghanaian youngsters who, out of desperation, turn to internet scamming with the help of black magic. (North American Premiere)

Tito (Canada)
Director/Screenwriter: Grace Glowicki
A desperate man seeks refuge from the predators hunting him by befriending a cheerful intruder. Cast: Grace Glowicki, Ben Petrie (World Premiere)

David Makes Man
Showrunner: Dee Harris-Lawrence, Screenwriter: Tarell Alvin McCraney
A richly layered, deeply personal work about a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, exploring childhood trauma and the power of imagination. Cast: Akili McDowell, Nathaniel McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Cayden Williams, Jordan Bolger, Travis Coles, Phylicia Rashad, Alana Arenas (World Premiere)
Showrunner/Screenwriter: Jami O’Brien
NOS4A2 introduces Vic, a young woman who has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx, a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children. Cast List: Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Jahkara J. Smith, Olafur Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (World Premiere)
Showrunner: Bridget Bedard, Screenwriter: Ramy Youssef
Ramy, a first-generation American Muslim on a spiritual journey, explores the challenges of being caught in between an Egyptian community that thinks life is moral a test, and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences. Cast: Ramy Youssef, Mohammed Amer, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, May Calamawy, David Merheje, Laith Nakli, Steve Way (World Premiere)
Showrunner: Alexandra Rushfield, Screenwriters: Alexandra Rushfield, Lindy West and Aidy Bryant
From Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks comes Shrill, a comedy series starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as Annie, a fat young woman who wants to change her life — but not her body. Annie is trying to start her career while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, and a perfectionist boss. Cast: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens, John Cameron Mitchell (World Premiere)
What We Do in the Shadows
Showrunners: Jemaine Clement, Paul Simms, Screenplay: Jemaine Clement
Based on the feature film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, FX’s new comedy What We Do in the Shadows follows vampire roommates who have lived together for hundreds and hundreds of years. Cast: Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén, Mark Proksch (World Premiere)


Amazônia Groove
Director/Screenwriter: Bruno Murtinho
Leaving Belem and crossing much of the Para State Amazon region, its towns and riverside villages, Amazônia Groove reveals artists and their traditions, faith and mysticism, music and life that pound in the northern region of Brazil. (North American Premiere)

Director: Brian Loschiavo
Discover the origin stories of megastars like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s
accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. (World Premiere)

The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story
Director: Aaron Kunkel
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story charts the life and crimes of boy band impresario Lou Pearlman. The film tracks his life from discovering NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, to his perpetration of one of the largest ponzi schemes in US history. (World Premiere)

Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine
Director: Scott Crawford, Screenwriters: Scott Crawford, Jaan Uhelszki
Ripping back the curtain on legendary rock rag CREEM Magazine’s wild and disruptive newsroom; a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders who weren’t all that different from the artists they covered. (World Premiere)

Brainiac: Transmissions After Zero
Director: Eric Mahoney
The film explores the seminal 90’s band Brainiac from Dayton, OH and its creative force Tim Taylor. Just days before signing a major record contract Taylor was killed in a bizarre auto accident leaving his family and bandmates to pick up the pieces. (World Premiere)

Carmine Street Guitars (Canada)
Director: Ron Mann, Screenwriter: Len Blum
Five Days in the life of Greenwich Village guitar shop Carmine Street Guitars.

The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps (New Zealand)
Director: Julia Parnell
New Zealand music genius Martin Phillipps fights his creative demons, conquers the music world, inspires a generation, and then retreats into depression, addiction and anonymity. (World Premiere)

David Crosby: Remember My Name
Director: A.J. Eaton
David Crosby reflects on his life of music stardom, while forging new paths to relevancy at his
age of 77 in this deeply personal documentary. (World Premiere)

Everybody’s Everything
Directors: Sebastian Jones, Ramez Silyan
Everybody’s Everything is the story of artist Lil Peep (Gustav Ahr) from his birth in Long Island and meteoric rise as a genre blending pop star & style icon, to his death due to an accidental opioid overdose in Arizona at just 21 years of age. (World Premiere)

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Director: Thom Zimny, Screenwriter: Warren Zanes
Johnny Cash stands among the giants of 20th century American life. But his story remains tangled in mystery and myth. This documentary brings Cash the man out from behind the legend. (World Premiere)

Mr. Jimmy
Director: Peter Michael
Dowd Akio Sakurai has dedicated his life to honoring Jimmy Page. For 30 years he recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs. Moving to L.A. to pursue his tribute dream, cultures clash and Akio’s idyllic vision meets reality. (World Premiere)

Nothing Stays The Same: The Story of The Saxon Pub
Director: Jeff Sandmann, Screenwriters: Jeff Sandmann, Jeffrey Brown, Lisa Kay Pfannenstiel
Nothing Stays the Same celebrates the last 30 years of live music in Austin, while also examining the challenges faced by musicians and music venues in one of the fastest-growing
cities in the country, all through the lens of the legendary Saxon Pub. (World Premiere)

Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall (United Kingdom)
Director: Alfred George Bailey
Jim Marshall was a maverick with a camera. An outsider who captured the heights of Rock’N’Roll music and the seismic changes of an era, from the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, to the civil rights movements and some of the most iconic moments of the 60’s. (World Premiere)

Strange Negotiations
Director: Brandon Vedder
A documentary exploring the existential, artistic and family life of musician and former evangelical, David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), set against America’s own crisis of faith highlighted during the 2016 presidential election. (World Premiere)

Teen Spirit (United Kingdom)
Director/Screenwriter: Max Minghella
The film follows Violet, a shy teenager who enters an international singing competition with the help of an unlikely mentor. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Cast: Elle Fanning (U.S. Premiere)

Who Let The Dogs Out (Canada)
Director: Brent Hodge, Screenwriters: Brent Hodge, John Diemer, Jasleen Kaur
The origin story of the smash hit “Who Let the Dogs Out” goes back further than anyone could have imagined; steeped in legal battles, female empowerment and artist integrity, which beckons the question: will we ever know who let the dogs out? (World Premiere)

Wild Rose (United Kingdom)
Director: Tom Harper, Screenwriter: Nicole Taylor
A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo (U.S. Premiere)


Aleksi (Serbia)
Director/Screenwriter: Barbara Vekarić
A character piece about funny and troubled girl in her 20s, forced to move back in with her overbearing family. Cast: Tihana Lazović, Goran Marković, Sebastian Cavazza, Nataša Janjić, Jason Mann, Aljoša Vučović, Neda Arnerić, Leon Lučev (North American Premiere)

Aurora (Finland)
Director/Screenwriter: Miia Tervo
Aurora, a commitment-phobic party animal, meets Iranian Amir one night at a hot-dog stand in Lapland. Amir is running from death and Aurora is running from love. They need each other in order to finally stop running. Cast: Mimosa Willamo, Amir Escandari, Oona Airola, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Miitta Sorvali (North American Premiere)

Being Impossible (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)
Director: Patricia Ortega, Screenwriters: Patricia Ortega, Enmanuel Chávez
A young woman discovers she was submitted to several surgeries to correct her intersexual body as a baby. She has to find her own self outside gender binaries. (North American

Cachada: The Opportunity (El Salvador)
Director/Screenwriter: Marlén Viñayo
Five Salvadoran saleswomen want to take their cruel life stories to the stage. During the rehearsal process of their play, they’ll discover themselves as victims and victimizers in a cycle of violence that has plagued their families for generations. (World Premiere)

Days of the Whale (Colombia)
Director/Screenwriter: Catalina Arroyave Restrepo
Two young graffiti artists of Medellín defy a criminal gang when they decide to paint the mural of a whale over a threat written in a wall. Cast: Laura Tobón, David Escallón, Carlos Fonnegra, Christian Tappan, Julián Giraldo, Natalia Castaño, Margarita Restrepo (World Premiere)

La Mala Noche (Ecuador, Mexico)
Director/Screenwriter: Gabriela Calvache
She is the perfect woman until she decides to be free. Cast: Nöelle Schönwald, Cristian Mercado, Jaime Tamariz, Ariana Freire (World Premiere)

Vai (New Zealand)
Directors: Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga
Vai is a portmanteau feature film by nine Polynesian directors and filmed on seven different pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture, over the lifetime of one woman, Vai. (World Premiere)

X&Y (Denmark, Sweden)
Director: Anna Odell, Screenwriters: Anna Odell, Jakob Beckman
Swedish director and visual artist, Anna Odell (The Reunion), conducts a social experiment in which she aims to challenge the gender roles that men and women have in the society of today. Cast: Anna Odell, Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Vera Vitali, Shanti Roney, Sofie Gråbøl,
Jens Albinus, Thure Lindhardt (North American Premiere)


How Rednecks Saved Hollywood with Joe Bob Briggs
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Bob Briggs
America’s drive-in movie critic uses 200 video clips and photos to tell the 500-year history of the American redneck in a multi-media comedy performance.

Love, Death & Robots
Showrunners: David Fincher, Tim Miller, Josh Donen, Jennifer Miller
Love, Death & Robots, an animated anthology series presented by Tim Miller and David Fincher, is a genre orgy of Not-Suitable-For-Mainstream shorts. (World Premiere)

Ra: Path of the Sun God
Director: Lesley Keen
Austin based electronic and experimental label Holodeck Records is partnering with Austin Film Society for a special live re-score screening of the 1990 animated film Ra: Path of the Sun God,  a beautiful re-telling of one of Ancient Egypt’s most famous myths.

Rebel Without A Crew: Filmmaking Master Class with Robert Rodriguez
Join Robert Rodriguez as he gives a master-class in micro-budget guerilla filmmaking, featuring behind the scenes moments from his new $7,000 film, RED 11. The event will be followed by the World Premiere of RED 11.

Untitled Rick Rubin Project ( Work-in-Progress)
Directors: Morgan Neville, Jeff Malmberg
An intimate look at the creative process through the lens of legendary music producer Rick Rubin.
True Stories
Director: David Byrne, Screenwriters: Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley, David Byrne
David Byrne’s 1986 musical comedy, inspired by theater director Robert Wilson, tabloid newspapers, and filmmakers Robert Altman and Federico Fellini, remains a unique artistic vision that celebrates the singular citizens of a fictional Texas town. David Byrne will appear in-person for Q&A following screening of new 4K restoration.
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Matthew McConaughey to Topline Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’ With Kate Beckinsale, Henry Golding

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Matthew McConaughey has lined up his next role, joining up with Guy Ritchie for his return to a British crime drama, “Toff Guys.”

McConaughey will star alongside Kate Beckinsale and “Crazy Rich Asians” breakout star Henry Golding in the film that’s a throwback to Ritchie’s “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,” three individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The film will explore the collision between old money in Europe and the modern marijuana industrial complex with new gang entrants swarming. Ritchie, who will direct and produce, wrote the script with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson.

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Miramax closed a $30 million deal to finance and acquire the world rights to “Toff Guys” back in May.

“Toff Guys” is set to start shooting this fall in England. Bob Osher, COO and general counsel, and Matthew Anderson, VP of Development & Production, Film & TV, will be supervising on behalf of Miramax.

McConaughey, who starred in “White Boy Rick” earlier this year, still has Steven Knight’s “Serenity” and Harmony Korine’s “The Beach Bum” on the horizon.

Beckinsale just joined comedic film “El Tonto” alongside Charlie Day, and she’s currently filming the TV miniseries “The Widow.”

Golding, who broke out in this year’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” also recently signed on to Paul Feig’s next film “Last Christmas” and can be seen in Feig’s “A Simple Favor.”

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Ritchie has veered more toward studio fare in recent years, directing several “Sherlock Holmes” films and has the live-action remake of Disney’s “Aladdin” on the way in 2019.

McConaughey is represented by CAA and Morris Yorn Barnes. Beckinsale is repped by UTA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller. Golding is repped by Paradigm and Megan Silverman Management.

Variety was first to report this news.

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