McConaughey, who graduated from UT in 1993 with a radio-television-film degree, has starred in dozens of movies over the years, including “Dazed and Confused,” “Bernie,” “Magic Mike” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Austin writer Philipp Meyer’s “The Son” is scheduled to start shooting this month in the Austin area, and Pierce Brosnan, the former James Bond, will be replacing Sam Neill as Eli, the patriarch of an oil and ranching family.
The new casting was first reported by Deadline.com, which said Neill dropped out of the project for personal reasons.
The AMC series is based on the book by Meyer and written by Meyer and fellow Michener Center for Writers grads Lee Shipman and Brain McGreevy.
“The Son,” a 2013 Texas epic about the McCullough family, has been hailed as some of the best fiction to come out of the state in recent years.
It deals with Eli McCullough, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a child and goes on to found an empire. It also follows the fortunes of his children and their heirs.
Besides starring as Bond, Brosnan is also known for the 1980s NBC series “Remington Steele.”
On Friday, you’ll notice that no review of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” was printed in Austin360. That’s because we didn’t have a review in time. But if you’re interested, it gets a D+ from Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service.