Actor Matthew McConaughey poses in the press room at the 86th annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif.
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January 28, 2015 4:33 PM EST

Matthew McConaughey is about to go for a very long, very barefoot run.

EW has confirmed that McConaughey is set to star in a film adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, based on a script from Matthew Michael Carnahan.

In the book, McDougall finds members of the Tarahumara Indian tribe in the Mexican Copper Canyons to discover how they’re able to run distances of more than 100 miles without getting the typical injuries that come along with running. The book eventually leads to a race between America’s greatest runners and members of the tribe. It was also the inspiration for the barefoot running movement.

Deadline was the first to report the casting news.

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