LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Matthew McConaughey is joining Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine in “Bernie,” a dark comedy that will reunite him with his “Dazed and Confused” director Richard Linklater.
“Bernie” is set in the small town of Carthage, Texas, and follows Renaissance man/community leader/mortician Bernie (Black), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy but very particular widow (MacLaine). When he kills her, he goes to great lengths to maintain the illusion that she is still alive. McConaughey will play the town’s district attorney, always angling for re-election and suspicious about the widow’s death.
The Mandalay Vision/Castle Rock Entertainment movie shoots next month in Texas. McConaughey last starred in “Ghost of Girlfriends Past.” Linklater last directed Zac Efron in 2008’s “Me and Orson Welles.” He and fellow Texan McConaughey worked on 1993’s high-school comedy “Dazed and Confused” and teamed up again for 1998’s “The Newton Boys.”