You know an Oscar-ready role when you see one, and the exhilarating debut trailer for The Weinstein Company’s “Gold” makes every effort to let you know that Matthew McConaughey is checking off all the boxes. An over-sized personality? Yup. A character inspired by real life? Check. An extreme physical transformation? Got that, too. “Free State of Jones” may not have been the critical favorite McConaughey was hoping, but “Gold” might just be the perfect redemption.
McConaughey, who gained 40 pounds for the role, stars as Kenny Wells, a down-on-his-luck sleaze who heads to the Borneo jungle with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) and discovers the world’s biggest gold find in history. The result is a rags-to-riches boom for Wells and his wife (Bryce Dallas Howard), though with so much money comes new adversaries like the FBI.
With its energized tone and memorable lead character, “Gold” feels like what would happen if McConaughey’s crazy “Wolf of Wall Street” supporting character got his very own film. He’s clearly having the most fun of his career on screen. The Weinstein Company is betting big on his Oscar chances, though Robert Elswit’s golden cinematography also looks like a possible contender as well.
“Gold” is directed by Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”) and opens in theaters Christmas Day. Watch the debut trailer below.