The Rivals of Amziah King teams Matthew McConaughey with The Vast of Night director

Matthew McConaughey has signed on to star in director Andrew Patterson’s atmospheric crime thriller The Rivals of Amziah King

Director Andrew Patterson received a good amount of positive attention for his feature directorial, the sci-fi mystery film The Vast of Night (watch it HERE), which dealt with UFO activity in 1950s New Mexico. Now Patterson has gotten Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey to sign on to star in his second feature, the “deeply atmospheric, character-focused crime thriller” The Rivals of Amziah King!

Patterson has written the screenplay for The Rivals of Amziah King – and plot details are being kept under wraps. All that has been revealed is that the story takes place “against the unique backdrop of remote Oklahoma”. McConaughey will be playing Amziah King, whoever he may be.

Black Bear Pictures is financing the project, with Patterson producing the film alongside Will Greenfield, David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films, and Teddy Schwarzman and Michael Heimler of Black Bear. Heyday’s Rob Silva and Black Bear’s John Friedberg and Christopher Casanova serve as executive producers.

Schwarzman provided the following statement: “Black Bear is thrilled to partner with our friends at Heyday in supporting the bold creation that will be The Rivals of Amziah King. Andrew Patterson’s visionary filmmaking and Matthew McConaughey’s extraordinary talent are sure to deliver audiences a truly original and compelling film.

Heyman added: “When I first watched The Vast of Night it was clear me that Andrew Patterson was a remarkable talent with a singular vision. I am incredibly excited to be working with Andrew and to support him and Matthew as they bring Amziah to life and make what I believe will be an extraordinary film.

McConaughey won his Academy Award for his starring role in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club. His credits also include True Detective, Interstellar, The Gentleman, The Wolf of Wall Street, Mud, Killer Joe, The Lincoln Lawyer, A Time to Kill, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, and Dazed and Confused.

I’m a McConaughey fan, so The Rivals of Amziah King instantly has my attention. Definitely looking forward to hearing more about this movie and seeing what it’s going to be like.

Are you interested in The Rivals of Amziah King? Share your thoughts on this one by leaving a comment below.

The Vast of Night

Source: Arrow in the Head

About the Author

Cody is a news editor and film critic, focused on the horror arm of, and writes scripts for videos that are released through the JoBlo Originals and JoBlo Horror Originals YouTube channels. In his spare time, he's a globe-trotting digital nomad, runs a personal blog called Life Between Frames, and writes novels and screenplays.