Matthew McConaughey and Eva Mendes are in negotiations to star in the upcoming indie drama, Southbound. According to Variety the two actors are circling the project that will be directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz. Overnight Production’s Rick Schwartz and Aaron Kaufman are co-producing the film that will take place between the Mexican and U.S. border.

In Southbound McConaughey will star as a police officer who patrols the Mexican-U.S. border. He accepts a bribe from a Mexican woman (Mendes), and it causes a domino effect that places his immediate family in danger. The officer finds himself involved with a war between the U.S. Immigration police, and a Mexican crime family. Filming on Southbound is set to begin this fall in September.

McConaughey last starred in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,which quickly came and went. I miss his work circa 1996 a la A Time to Kill. Wasn’t that the one film where everyone thought “hey, this guy can act!” Too bad ever since then it’s been rom-com city. I wouldn’t mind seeing McConaughey star in a small indie flick. Perhaps this is the change he needs to escape the pressure of always having his shirt off?

What do you think about McConaughey and Mendes starring in Southbound?