Using the most advanced computer technology ever invented, and a proprietary algorithm devised by a secret government think tank, The Dissolve created The Speculometron to determine the mathematical probability of the Internet’s latest movie rumors.
Rumor: Matthew McConaughey is being seriously courted by Warner Bros. to play Randall Flagg, the charismatic villain of Stephen King’s novel The Stand, for Josh Boone’s planned movie adaptation.
Evidence: In a column about how McConaughey has become a Hollywood favorite due to his performance in HBO’s True Detective (for which he may win an Emmy tonight), Mike Fleming, Jr. wrote, “His performance as Rust Cohle, stacked on top of his Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club role, is so impressive he is being chased for numerous plum film roles. I’m told that Warner Bros covets him to play the role of Randall Flagg.”
The Speculometron’s calculations: “I’m told” is not a lot to go on, given that there’s no news of McConaughey being “in talks” or anything like that. Currently, McConaughey is shooting Sea Of Trees with Gus Van Sant, and he’s rumored to be attached to the spy thriller The Company Man. The same Fleming column also has McConaughey working with Stephen Gaghan on a movie called Gold, about a mining scandal in the Indonesian jungle. So the actor may already have a full schedule.
As for the status of The Stand, now that Boone has the hit The Fault In Our Stars under his belt, he can turn his full attention to his next announced film, 2015’s Lisey’s Story (another King adaptation), and then The Stand. So the bigger King movie still has a ways to go before it’ll start casting—although Boone did tell Vulture, “We’re gonna do one three-hour, R-rated version with an amazing A-list cast across the board.” McConaughey would certainly fit the definition of an A-list choice for Flagg. (More importantly: He’d be a grand old Flagg.)
Odds: 25 to 1. McConaughey would be a great pick for the part, but neither Boone nor McConaughey are in a position to commit to each other right now.