Erin Strecker
January 16, 2013 AT 08:46 PM EST

Matthew McConaughey is going from dirty dancing in Magic Mike to Mud.

In the drama, which was met with acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival last May, McConaughey stars as Mud, a loner with a past whom two kids stumble upon in an island near Mississippi. Nothing is exactly as it seems with Mud, who is trying to get back with the love of his life (Reese Witherspoon), and also on the run from the law. The movie, full of southern intrigue, is directed by Jeff Nichols and co-stars Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, and Tye Sheridan.

Watch the trailer below:

The film will air at Sundance on Jan. 19, and opens in theaters April 26.

Read more:

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Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey in talks to star in ‘Mud’

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