William Friedkin‘s upcoming project titled Killer Joe is already being described as a black comedy, and the movie will be Friedkin’s first feature film since 2006’s Bug.
Today, we’re here to announce that Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch are both attached to star in the movie.
Killer Joe story, written by 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 (McConaughey), a cop and contract killer to do the deed.”
The 1998 off-Broadway production of the play, with Scott Glenn in the title role of a detective hired as a contract killer, ran for 283 performances at the Soho Playhouse.
It is a brutally funny and disturbing play, a black comedy of deplorable manners. Chris, his father Ansel, stepmother Sharla, and young sister Dottie are planning poor Mom’s demise.
Into their world comes Killer Joe Cooper, full-time cop and part-time assassin. But when they are unable to pay up, Joe demands Dottie as his “retainer.”
No other casting has been announced, but we do know that filming is set to begin on November 8, 2010 in New Orleans.
As usual, with every new update on Killer Joe, we’ll be back!