Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe in first image of Gus Van Sant's 'Sea of Trees'
It may not yet have a release date here in the United States, but we're still getting our first look at the new Matthew McConaughey film, "Sea of Trees." Directed by Gus Van Sant, the upcoming movie also stars Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe.
Looking at the image below, you will see McConaughey, who plays author Arthur Brennan, and Watanabe, who plays Takumi Nakamura, standing in a, well, sea of trees. In fact, the area they are supposed to be standing in is Aokigahara, which is also known by that name and lies at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. One other name for the region is the Suicide Forest, and in the film, Brennan is there to end his life. It is then that he meets Nakamura and Brennan contemplates changing his plans.
McConaughey's Brennan appears contemplative, with some sort of head wound. It is certainly a dark, moody, moment, which fits in perfectly with what we know about the film.
McConaughey is coming off an Oscar win this year as well as an Emmy nomination. For his part, Watanabe is an Academy Award nominee and Van Sant and Watts are each two-time Academy Award nominees as well.
"Sea of Trees" was first introduced at Cannes this past spring. Check out the image below and tell us what you think.