Hank the Cowdog podcast miniseries stars Matthew McConaughey

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A new Hank the Cowdog podcast miniseries is starring Matthew McConaughey.

Matthew McConaughey stars in the title role in a new scripted podcast miniseries adaptation of the Hank the Cowdog middle-grade series from John R Erickson.

Hank the Cowdog follows the adventures and tribulations (mostly self-inflicted) by a self-important Texas Panhandle hound dog named Hank, who imagines himself as “Head of Ranch Security” around the Place.

There are somewhere over 70 books in the series, all written by Erickson, who also narrates the audiobook versions, and they are tremendously popular among the homeschool community.

This Hank the Cowdog series will consist of five episodes and debut on Monday, September 14, on all podcasting platforms.

It will be produced by audio drama publisher QCODE along with Tri-State Pictures and HTC Productions, and according to a press release, include original musical numbers.

Matthew McConaughey has a long history as a dog dad, so this makes a lot of sense that he would want to do a project like this.

Some of McConaughey’s best-known roles include starring in Dallas Buyers Club, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Interstellar,though he’s also appeared in the musical Sing, the war spoof Tropic Thunder and the sports movies Angels in the Outfield and We Are Marshall.

He has deep roots in the Lone Star State, according to his Wikipedia page, being born in the South Texas town of Uvalde, graduating from Longview High School in East Texas and attending the University of Texas in Austin.

Erickson is probably the second-most famous author from West Texas after fellow Western writer Larry McMurtry. He will also be part of the cast, which features Jesse Plemons (Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Fargo) as Hank’s cowardly but common-sense-filled deputy Drover.

According to his Wikipedia page, Plemons also has a Texas background, born in Dallas and raised near Waco, and then Friday Night Lights was set in the fictional central Texas town of Dillon and filmed in the Austin suburb of Pflugerville.

Plemons’ Fargo co-star and real-life fiancee Kirsten Dunst (Interview with the Vampire, Bring It On, Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy) will also be part of the cast. Though her role is currently unknown, it seems likely she will either be playing kindhearted human Sally May or Hank’s crush Beulah the Collie or his girlfriend Missy Coyote.

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Will you give this new Matthew McConaughey project a try?