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Jeff Nichols' "Mud," which stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon, is in negotiations to be distributed by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.

Nichols, who previously directed "Shotgun Stories" and "Take Shelter," premiered the drama in competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. They'll release the film next year.

"Mud" is the story of the titular character (McConaughey), a fugitive who befriends two teens in his efforts to escape the law and reunite with his lover (Witherspoon).

"'Mud' is a riveting mystery thriller set in American river country with a stellar cast by one of our greatest new cinematic voices, Jeff Nichols and top specialty film producers Everest Entertainment," said Howard Cohen, Roadside co-president on behalf of the Lionsgate/Roadside partnership. "We see it very much in keeping with films like 'Margin Call' and the upcoming 'Arbitrage,' which are quality, commercial, performance-driven films that benefit from the unique partnership of Lionsgate and Roadside, where we can each shine in our respective media."   

The cast also includes Pic also stars Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon and Joe Don Baker. Producers are Everest founder Lisa Maria Falcone, FilmNation's Aaron Ryder and Sarah Green.

Lionsgate, which is a minority owner of Roadside, previously teamed on "Margin Call" and on "Arbitrage," which opens Sept. 14.