Matthew McConaughey did a bit of a one-eighty in his career this year, subverting people’s expectations of him with his leading role in the film adaptation of Michael Connelly’s novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, which was very well received.

One of his next films, Killer Joe, could well be more of the same, and this first poster, via, looks fairly promising for the project.

We got our first look at Killer Joe back at the end of July with a few nice images showing off its leading cast. The film is directed by Oscar-winner William Friedkin, whose credits include The Exorcist, The French Connection, and To Live And Die In L.A., which gives the film a certain amount of credibility just in itself. And starring alongside McConaughey will be the excellent Emile Hirsch (Alpha Dog), whose problems are the focus of the film, as well as Thomas Haden Church (Easy A), Gina Gershon (Face/Off), and the rising star, Juno Temple (Year One).

“When 22-year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he’s dead. Desperate, he turns to “Killer Joe” (McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother’s life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris’ attractive younger sister, Dottie (Temple), who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in… if it ever does.”

The film gets its world premiere at Venice Film Festival tomorrow, if you’re lucky enough to be there then, before heading off to the Toronto International Film Festival later this month. No word on a wide UK or US release date yet, but hopefully we won’t have to wait that long to see it. Without further ado, here’s Killer Joe’s first poster. As usual, click to enlarge.