‘Serenity’: Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway on Their Twisty Thriller

     January 25, 2019

With writer-director Steven Knight’s new thriller Serenity opening in theaters this weekend, I recently sat down with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway to talk about the film. During the interview, they talked about why they wanted to get involved in the project, Steven Knight’s writing, how much they like to know about a project before reading the script, and more.


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If you haven’t seen the Serenity trailers, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as a fishing boat captain whose life is upended when his ex-wife (Anne Hathaway) tracks him down and asks him to kill her abusive husband (Jason Clarke). The film also stars Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, and Diane Lane.

Check out what McConaughey and Hathaway had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway:

  • What was it about the Serenity script that made them want to do it?
  • How much do they know about the plot and story before actually reading the script?
  • Did Steven Knight ever raise his voice?

Image via Aviron Pictures

Here’s the official synopsis for Serenity:

From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her – and their young son – from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen’s appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he’d tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

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