Ever since The Beach Bum was announced, I’ve followed its production religiously, soaking each derelict morsel of casting news and on-set anecdotes as they trickle onto the Internet. The ingredients for an all-time cult classic are there. Just imagine if Harmony Korine, the guy who directed Spring Breakers and wrote Kids, enlisted Matthew McConaughey to play a rebellious stoner beach bum in a bid to make a classic stoner movie. Coming out on March 22, 2019.
Oh, and he enlisted a supporting cast that includes Jimmy Buffett, Snoop Dogg, Jonah Hill, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher to boot. Great news: This actually happened and you can watch the first Red Band trailer for Korine’s The Beach Bum above.
McConaughey stars as a hard-partying dude named Moondog who seems to spend most of his time hanging out, getting wasted by the water, and yes, even playing bongos. So, yeah, basically McConaughey was born to play this role. Moondog asks a convenience store clerk for some acid in the beginning of the trailer to the tune of “Crimson and Clover”, so you know this dude is all about getting mega weird.
In case you had any doubt, McConaughey has already shared stories about Snoop Dogg trading out the prop weed on set with real marijuana, which McConaughey called, getting “Snooped.” Korine has also stated his intention to screen the movie in hotboxed theaters, a.k.a. ones filled with marijuana smoke, so viewers can fully experience the film. You could say the movie is embracing its marijuana roots pretty heavy and we’re here for it.