EXCLUSIVE: The Zero Dark Thirty actor will be joining Matthew McConaughey in Black Bear Pictures’ upcoming mining drama. In the Stephen Gaghan helmed Gold, Ramirez will portray the role of geologist Michael Acosta opposite the Oscar winner’s role of prospector Walsh. Written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman and based on the true story about the 1993 Bre-X Mineral Corporation mining scandal, the pic revolves around the unlikely pair traveling to the Indonesian jungle in search of the highly valued soft metal of the title. Production begins in June with filming in New York, New Mexico and Thailand. Paul Haggis will EP Gold along with Richard Middleton. Along with McConaughey, other producers on the film include The Imitation Game’s Teddy Schwarzman, Michael Nozik through his Hwy61 banner, of which Haggis is a partner. Massett and Zinman also are producing.

Best known for playing 1970s terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez in the 2010 miniseries Carlos, Ramirez’s more recent credits include David O. Russell’s Joy opposite Jennifer Lawrence and the Alcon reboot of Point Break, both of which are set for Christmas Day releases this year. Additionally, the actor stars as boxer Roberto Duran  in the biopic Hands of Stone opposite Robert DeNiro, who is also in Joy. Hands of Stone is scheduled to hit the big screen in October. Ramirez is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment, and attorney Bob Wallerstein.