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Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon in Talks for 'Mud'

The indie drama is from "Take Shelter" writer-director Jeff Nichols.

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Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan are in talks to star in Mud for writer-director Jeff Nichols. Everest Entertainment is financing and producing the film.

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Mud follows a fugitive named Mud (McConaughey) who is befriended by a fourteen year old boy (Sheridan) as he attempts to reunite with his soul mate Juniper (Witherspoon). Nichols wrote the original screenplay and will direct.

Lisa Maria Falcone from Everest is producing with Sarah Green and FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder. Glen Basner from FilmNation, which is handling international sales, is an executive producer. CAA and FilmNation will handle U.S. sales.

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“Jeff Nichols has written a beautiful story with rich characters learning valuable lessons through life-changing circumstances," said Falcone. "With Jeff’s vision, this will be a work of art."

FilmNation handled international sales on Nichols’ debut feature Take Shelter, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics September 30. The film won Critic’s Week at the 2011 Festival de Cannes.

Everest recently produced 127 Hours, Win Win and Mother and Child.