Matthew McConaughey is in talks to join White Boy Rick, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Yann Demange is directing the indie drug-trade drama from a script by Logan and Noah Miller. It is based on the true story of Richard Wershe, Jr., the white teenager who became a drug kingpin of the African-American-dominated Detroit in the 1980s. At age 17, he received a mandatory life sentence upon being caught with 17 pounds of cocaine. Studio 8 bought the script last year.
McConaughey would play Wershe's father, a salesman. Producers are planning to begin production in March in Michigan and Ohio.
John Lesher is producing through his LBI Entertainment, which has a first-look deal with Studio 8. Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin also will produce through their Protozoa Pictures company. Jon Silk from Studio 8 brought in the project and is overseeing.
He is repped by CAA.