Guy Ritchie is bringing a gangster movie and Matthew McConaughey is among the cast.
Guy Ritchie is coming back to his roots with the new film 'The Gentleman' aka 'Toff Guys' and 'Bush'. A gangster drama action crime comedy produced by Miramax studios and distributed by STX Entertainment, starring Charlie Hunnam and Matthew McConaughey.
Though the character is not confirmed as of yet, we know Matthew is playing the villain in the movie which boasts a pretty star-studded cast of Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, and Jeremy Strong. Michelle Dockery is also in the film playing an icy femme alongside Matthew who is playing a steely and angry drug kingpin something which is particularly unique for the Oscar winner who screams “when the lion is hungry, he needs to eat!” in the trailer.
The movie takes place around a narcotics trade where a famous dealer tries to sell his business to a wealthy family in Oklahoma. It sounds like the director is really going back to the days when he used to make movies like 'Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels' and 'Snatch'.
Watch: The trailer for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Hugh Grant is playing a photographer who takes some scandalous pictures of Matthew’s character and tries to blackmail him. The trailer sees him saying, “I can’t be specific about the heroes and zeroes, but the protagonist is a hungry animal, and the antagonist explodes on the scene like a millennial f***ing fireworks.”
Guy Ritchie recently worked in the massive hit remake of Aladdin for Disney, which crossed the $1 billion mark. But this will be the first foray into the gangster movies of the past which made Guy Ritchie who he is today.
Talking of going back, this will be the second collaboration between Ritchie and Hunnam. They worked together in the Warner Bros. franchise-starter King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, well, it was supposed to start a lucrative five-movie franchise for the production company; instead, the movie was a colossal failure. Working with a $175 million budget, the film failed even to crack $150 million at the box office. Ritchie and Hunnam will be looking to put the failure in the rearview mirror and hope this movie doesn’t fall down the same trap door.
The movie was a failure, but there was nothing but great experiences for the actor who heaped praises on the director during an interview. Charlie said, “There’s some sort of weird alchemy to his filmmaking where he’s deeply collaborative and allows everybody to imbue the project with their own philosophy and world views, and yet it goes through the Guy Ritchie filter and unquestionably the result is Guy Ritchie sensibility.”
The movie will be the first collaboration between Matthew and Ritchie. The film looks to be made on a medium budget with respect to the studios involved in the project, and Matthew is probably giving the producers a discount. Considering the net worth he’s amassed over the last 25 years, in this stage of his career, it is more about experiences than money.
Matthew recently celebrated his seven years marriage anniversary with wife Camila Alves, who used to be a cleaner, will see his movie released around the time of his daughter’s tenth birthday. 'The Gentleman' will arrive in theatres on 24 January 2020.