We gave you the background a few months ago when filmmaker Jeff Nichols was in Arkansas for the Little Rock Film Festival.
Now comes a press release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission which reads "Major Hollywood Motion Picture to Film in Arkansas."
The release touts Little Rock native Jeff Nichols’ movie, "Mud," and has requests for casting calls for several major characters as well as up to 400 actors, extras and stand-ins.
The press release states:
“Mud” written and to be directed by Nichols will begin filming this fall in central and south Arkansas. It is a coming of age drama centered on two fourteen year old boys who encounter a mysterious fugitive on an island in the Mississippi River. Intrigued by this man, the boys enter a pact to help him escape capture. A friendship evolves as Mud teaches the boys as much as he learns from them.
You can review Nichols’ comments about his interest in bringing this project to Arkansas here. State officials were not prepared to disclose additional details about the scope of the budget or the potential incentives provided to recruit the movie to Arkansas, but previous discussions with sources indicated the movie would have a substantial Hollywood budget.
UPDATE: So how big could this movie be for Arkansas? Deadline New York, an entertainment blog, reports that A-Listers, Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, are "in talks" to star in "Mud".
McConaughey would play the lead character, "Mud," and Witherspoon would be his love interest, "Juniper."
Everest Entertainment is "fully financing" the film according to Deadline. You can read more here. Entertainment news group, Variety, also reports on the McConaughey-Witherspoon pairing for the Arkansas film.
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