Chris Pine is in talks to star in Mud, a coming-of-age story that will be written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) and produced by Memento producer Aaron Ryder.

Aaron Ryder described Mud in the vein of Stand By Me, as a drama about figuring out one's place in the world.

The film will center on two 14-year-boys who come across an adult fugitive of the law, the titular Mud (who would be played by Chris Pine) and must help him escape off an island in the Mississippi. The ambiguity of the story lies with Mud, who is both an unsavory and a redemptive character and who teaches the boys as much as he learns from them.

No production date has been set.