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Friedkin's Killer Joe trailer arrives

KillerJoe.jpgWho forgot that Matthew McConaughey was an actor and not some guy who looks pretty for the same old romantic comedies? Me, I did. Well I didn't really forget but I didn't think that we were going to see him come back from that type of casting again. Until this trailer.

Doesn't McConaughey look fantastic in this role, and I don't mean in a washboard stomach, charming smile and beguiling accent kind of way, I mean in a dangerous and deadly way that has you scared for your life without the show of any force whatsoever.

William Friedkin's film Killer Joe has Matthew McConaughey playing the main character, a policeman who has a side job, as a professional killer. Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church also star in the film that, well, here's the blurb:

When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he hires a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy benefits his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris finds Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can't pay Joe upfront, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. The contract killer and his hostage develop an unusual bond. Like from a modern-day, twisted fairy tale, "Killer Joe" Cooper becomes the prince to Dottie's Cinderella. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a garish, proactive black comedy from Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon.

So let's get over the McConaughey, because he is looking really strong in the film and this could be a great move for him to reassert his acting prowess and his superb presence, and let us look to the the other stars in the film, all strong actors in their own right and of course the director William Friedkin.

Friedkin has never really delivered a film of the power of some of his earlier films such as The French Connection, The Exorcist or To Live and Die in L.A., but he does come back with strong films such as Bug. It will be interesting to see what he has delivered in Killer Joe and the script from Tracy Letts that she has adapted from her own play.

Certainly from the trailer we see for Killer Joe over at Apple Trailers the film is very strong, McConaughey's performance does look very good but it's the whole piece that captures my imagination. We just have to wait until next month to find out if they've delivered.



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