Film starring Matthew McConaughey casting actors in Birmingham

23rd Street Birmingham closed for filming of “The Shift” (Callie Morrison / Bham Now)

Don’t be surprised if you spot Matthew McConaughey hanging out in The Magic City sometime this summer.

Earlier this month, Collider, Deadline and Variety reported the Oscar award winner is set to star in a new crime thriller called  The Rivals of Amziah King which will be filmed in Oklahoma and Alabama.

The Details

From Variety:

“Black Bear Pictures, which backed “I Care a Lot” and “The Imitation Game,” is fully financing the film. Black Bear International will launch international sales in Cannes, with WME Independent representing the U.S rights. 

Andrew Patterson (“The Vast of Night”) is writing and directing “The Rivals of Amziah King.” Plot details are being kept under wraps, but a press release describes the film as a “deeply atmospheric, character-focused crime thriller set against the unique backdrop of remote Oklahoma.” McConaughey will star in the titular role of Amziah King.

…Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman said. “Andrew Patterson’s visionary filmmaking and Matthew McConaughey’s extraordinary talent are sure to deliver audiences a truly original and compelling film.”

Casting Call

The southeastern casting company Goleman Casting has already posted a casting call on social media for the movie with shoot dates between June 12 to July 31 in Birmingham.

Visit their Facebook LINK for details.

2023 Movies Shot in Birmingham

Several movies have already been shot in Birmingham this year, including action thriller Gunner, which stars Morgan Freeman and Luke Hemsworth and the sci-fi film The Shift.

Check out Bham Now’s recent behind the scenes story about Gunner and its interview with Producer Joel Shapiro about the advantages of filming in The Magic City.

Go behind-the-scenes with producer of Gunner, Bham-filmed movie starring Morgan Freeman and Luke Hemsworth [PHOTOS]

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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