Matthew McConaughey Is a Killer Weed Kingpin in New ‘The Gentlemen’ Trailer

“In the jungle, the only way a lion survives is not by acting like a king, but by being a king.”

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Matthew McConaughey is good at playing bad guys. Or at minimum, protagonists who are anything but innocent. He’s back in that kind of juicy role in Guy Ritchie’s new British crime drama, The Gentlemen.

With big-name British and Irish co-stars like Charlie Hunnam, an almost unrecognizable Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, and Michelle Dockery, the Texas-born actor doesn’t shed his twang; he’s the lone American in the mix, and he’s running a huge and (in the United Kingdom) illegal cannabis operation. 

And what is the mix, here? It’s a Guy Ritchie crime story based in London, so we know it’s going to be violent, bloody, and funny. The official synopsis fills us in:

[The Gentlemen] follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him…

Okay, based on that and the trailer, count us in. 

The Gentlemen blasts into theaters everywhere on January 24, 2020.