Matthew Mcconaughey is set to take a role in the movie Tropic Thunder that troubled actor Owen Wilson was due to play, according to reports.

Wilson had been slated to appear in the Ben Stiller-directed film but this was shelved after he was hospitalised following a reported suicide attempt.

Hollywood trade paper Variety reports that McConaughey will now take on the cameo role, joining an all-star ensemble cast.

Other actors set to appear in the comedy include Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr and Nick Nolte.

Tropic Thunder sees a group of actors filming a big-budget war movie on a remote island forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

McConaughey has just finished filming the films Fool's Gold and Surfer Dude and is also lined up to star in The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Alias actress Jennifer Garner is reported today to be starring opposite McConaughey in the latter film, which sees him visited by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother's wedding.

19/09/2007 15:39:44