Matthew McConaughey is getting in the dope game…figuratively at least. Per Deadline:
Matthew McConaughey is in negotiations to star in White Boy Rick for director Yann Demange, who is readying the drama to go before cameras in the first quarter of next year.
White Boy Rick is about Richard Wershe Jr., who in the mid-1980s at the age of only 14 became an undercover informant for local and federal law enforcement agencies and then established himself as a major drug dealer. The dual life he led eventually put him into the cross-hairs of the feds when he was found with 17 pounds of cocaine (at only 17 years of age). He was put in jail for life, but ethical questions remain as how much the feds were involved in putting him deeper into his life of drugs.
McConaughey will play Wershe’s father, a blue-collar factory worker trying to keep his family together as the automotive industry collapses around him in Detroit. The producers are currently casting the lead role of the kid now.
Studio 8 acquired the spec script last year from screenwriters Logan Miller and Noah Miller. Steve Kloves wrote the current draft for the film, which is planning to shoot in Michigan and Ohio in March.
This may be McCounaughey’s least intense role in recent memory. And to be honest, he does look like someone who would appear in a movie titled, White Boy Rick.