Matthew McConaughey to become a university lecturer

Actor to teach 15-week film course at University of Texas with Hunger Games director

Matthew McConaughey is to become a university lecturer at University Of Texas in Austin, Texas.

The 15-week course to 30 students starts this autumn and sees The Hunger Games director Gary Ross as McConaughey’s joint lecturer.

The course, ‘Advanced Producing: Script To Screen’, will teach students about how to practically see a film script through to getting it made and all other areas of film production. The lessons will mainly be from pre-recorded videos made by McConaughey and Ross, but both will make one appearance each in class during the course.

The module is based around the pair’s new film Free State Of Jones, a Civil War drama written by Ross and starring McConaughey as a former Confederate soldier who falls in love with a former slave woman played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It’s due out in September, coinciding with the start of the University Of Texas course.

Meanwhile, McConaughey’s new film The Dark Tower is out in 2017. Based on Stephen King’s seven-book fantasy series, McConaughey plays the villainous Man In Black opposite Idris Elba as gunslinger Roland Deschain trying to find a tower which holds the key to saving the earth. The film is directed by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Nikloaj Arcel.