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The Stand Eyes Matthew McConaughey as the Main Villain

By Brian Gallagher — August 22nd, 2014

After winning his first Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club earlier this year, and securing an Emmy nomination for HBO's True Detective, Matthew McConaughey is in high demand, with the actor being sought for roles in two upcoming projects, The Stand and Gold.

Warner Bros. is pursuing Matthew McConaughey to play the villainous Randall Flagg in their adaptation of The Stand, which already has Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) attached to star in an unspecified role. In Stephen King's seminal novel The Stand, Randall Flagg is the evil tyrant who wreaks havoc on the survivors of a deadly plague, which wiped out most of the American population. Jamey Sheridan played the iconic villain in the 1994 mini-series adaptation.

Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is directing The Stand from an adapted screenplay by David Kajganich. It isn't known when production will get under way.

Matthew McConaughey is also being sought for a role in Gold, director Stephen Gaghan's true story adaptation about the 1993 scandal involving the Bre-X mining company, where large amounts of gold were found in the Indonesian jungle. It isn't clear what part Matthew McConaughey may be up for. Patrick Massett and John Zinman wrote the script, with the writers also serving as producers alongside Paul Haggis, Michael Nozik and Black Bear Pictures' Teddy Schwarzman. No production schedule was given.

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