McConaughey And Hirsh Join Cast Of Killer Joe

The perennially shirtless Matthew McConaughey is set to star in director William Friedkin’s black comedy “Killer Joe”. Emile Hirsh, fresh from wrapping the sci-fi flick “The Darkest Hour”, also joined the cast.

The script, by Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning writer Tracy Letts, centers on a brother (Hirsch) and sister combo who plot the death of their mother for the insurance money and hire “Killer Joe” Cooper, a cop and contract killer (McConaughey) to do the deed.

“Killer Joe”, written in 1991, is Letts’ first play, and has been performed all over the world. This is not the first time Letts and Friedkin have teamed up. In 2006 Friedkin directed “Bug”, another play by Letts.

The story is twisted, gritty, and violent, described by one reviewer as “white-trash gothic,” and sounds like great territory for a filmmaker like Friedkin to explore. I’m not normally a huge McConaughey fan, but I could see him bringing a creepy, smooth kind of sleaze to the part that might work well. Shooting is set to begin in early November in and around New Orleans.