Matthew McConaughey’s resurgence in the past few years has been impressive to watch, diversifying his career with the likes of The Lincoln Lawyer last year, and heading in new directions once more this year with Killer Joe, Magic Mike, The Paperboy, and Mud.

E1 have sent over the first trailer for the next of those, Killer Joe, and it’s definitely promising. The film got brilliant reviews at Venice Film Festival last year, where it had its world premiere, and is on a number of Most Anticipated Films of the Year lists.

“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 Haden Church, and Gina Gershon.”

Oscar-winning director William Friedkin (The French Connection) is reuniting with his Bug writer, Tracy Letts, who’s adapted the script from his own play.

Along McConaughey is a fantastic cast that includes Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, and Gina Gershon.

The film has been given an NC-17 rating in the US, meaning that nobody under the age of 18 is able to watch it in cinemas, which has proven difficult to turn into box office success in comparison with an R-rated film. Here’s to hoping that Killer Joe will buck the trend.

Killer Joe will be released in the UK on 29th June, before heading to the US a month later to be released a week after The Dark Knight Rises on 27th July. Here’s the awesome first trailer whilst you wait. Enjoy.

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