AR teen co-stars in movie shot in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – A 15-year-old from Yell County will co-star in the feature film Mud, written and directed by Little Rock native Jeff Nichols. Mud was filmed in various locations in Southeast Arkansas. The eight-week shoot was completed over the weekend.

Jacob Lofland, who had never acted before, stars along side veteran actors Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Sam Shepard and Tye Sheridan.

Mud is a coming-of-age drama about the adventures of two 14-year-old boys who meet a mysterious fugitive named Mud, played by McConaughey, hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Intrigued by this character, they enter into a pact to help him evade capture and reconnect with the love of his life, played by Witherspoon. Lofland plays Neckbone, one of the two boys.

Lofland landed the role after his mother read a casting announcement. After reading about the character, he said, “Neckbone sounds like me.”

“We cast Jacob as Neckbone because he is Neckbone –he can run a boat, ride a dirt bike, and has the attitude of a typical 14 year-old,” said Nichols. “He has immense natural instincts, and he’s incredibly intelligent and quick to learn.”

“Jacob is easy to work with–and talented,” said McConaughey. “He’s got a real identity and he’s got the confidence to be himself. He’s able to be natural in front of the camera.”

“Working on this film has been incredible,” Lofland said of the experience. “The director wrote a great story, and it has been awesome being a part of bringing it to life. I think everyone who sees Mud will say it’s a great and exciting movie.”

Mud is scheduled for theatrical release in 2012.

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