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Matthew McConaughey Joins Jack Black Film; Rip Torn Also Cast

Matthew McConaughey is joining Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine in "Bernie," the dark comedy being directed by Richard Linklater. Also boarding the pic is Rip Torn.

Mandalay Vision and Castle Rock Entertainment are behind the pic.

"Bernie" is set in the small town of Carthage, Texas, and follows Renaissance man/community leader/mortician Bernie (Black), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a wealthy but very particular widow (MacLaine). When he kills her, he goes to great lengths to maintain the illusion that she is still alive.

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