Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is currently in negotiations to land a critical role in WHITE BOY RICK from director Yann Demange. The film is based on a spec by Logan and Noah Miller, which landed on both 2015 Hit List and 2015 Black List, and was then acquired by Studio 8.
Based on the real-life story of Richard Wershe Jr., the film is an astonishing story set in the mid-1980s when Wershe Jr. became an undercover informant for local and federal law enforcement agencies at the age of 14. However, things took a turn when he then became a major drug dealer and was arrested after officers found 17 pounds of cocaine on him (at the age of 17), receiving a sentence of life in prison. The search for the actor to play this lead role is currently underway.
McConaughey is being eyed for the role of the senior Wershe, a blue-collar factory worker, struggling with the collapse of the auto industry as he tries to keep his family together.
Steve Kloves wrote the most current draft of the script. The film is planning to shoot in Michigan and Ohio starting in March. Producers include LBI Entertainment’s John Lesher, Studio 8’s Jeff Robinov and Darren Aronofsky, and Protozoa Pictures’ Scott Franklin.
McConaughey won his Oscar for Lead Actor in 2014 for Dallas Buyers Club and most recently finished shooting Dark Tower with Idris Elba. His newest film, Gold, comes out Christmas Day and is already earning Oscar buzz.
He’s repped by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.