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Accidental Texan

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Accidental Texan Movie Details:

Also known asChocolate Lizards
Based onChocolate Lizards by Cole Thompson
Country United States
Language English
GenreComedy, Drama
Release dateApril 29, 2023 (Dallas)
March 8, 2024 (United States)
CastThomas Haden Church
Carrie-Anne Moss
Rudy Pankow
Bruce Dern
Julio Cesar Cedillo
Directed by Mark Lambert Bristol
Written byJulie B. Denny
Produced byJulie B. Denny
Mark Lambert Bristol
Melissa Kirkendall
Koen Wooten
Cinematography by Matthew Wise
Edited by James K. Crouch
Music byCarl Thiel
Distributor Roadside Attractions

Accidental Texan Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Thomas Haden Church as Merle Luskey
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Faye
  • Rudy Pankow as Erwin Vandeveer
  • Bruce Dern as Scheermeyer
  • Julio Cesar Cedillo as Sheriff Nall


When Harvard grad Erwin gets kicked off the set of his first acting gig for leaving his phone on, he flees in his car only to break down deep in Texas oil country. Lacking funds to repair his car, he accepts local driller Merle’s offer to work on his site. He then discover the project is failing and Merle begs him to help by acting as an oil expert leading the project.

About Accidental Texan Movie:

Accidental Texan (formerly titled Chocolate Lizards) is an American comedy-drama film directed by Mark Lambert Bristol, and starring Thomas Haden Church, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rudy Pankow, Bruce Dern and Julio Cesar Cedillo. It is based on the 1999 novel Chocolate Lizards by Cole Thompson.

Filming began in Austin, Texas on October 13, 2021. Filming also occurred in Bartlett, Texas in October 2021.

The film premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival on April 29, 2023.

In January 2024, it was announced that Roadside Attractions acquired North American distribution rights to the film, which was released on March 8, 2024.


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