Gael Garcia Bernal to Join Matthew McConaughey in 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' (Exclusive)

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Gael Garcia Bernal to Join Matthew McConaughey in 'The Dallas Buyer's Club' (Exclusive)

Gael Garcia Bernal is in negotiations to join Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer's Club.

The drama from Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) had been shopped in Cannes as a McConaughey-Hilary Swank vehicle, but Swank has since dropped out.

Inspired by real-life events, the story centers on Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. His actions put him on a collision course with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which was bent on keeping the drugs out of the country.

In a showy role, Garcia Bernal will play a effeminate member of the club, a fellow AIDS patient who meets Woodroof in the hospital.

Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack adapted Woodroof’s story for the screen.

Robbie Brenner (Machine Gun Preacher) is producing with Rachel Rothman-Winter and former ICM agent Nathan Ross.

The producers are eyeing a November start date in New Orleans.

CAA is repping the film for North American distribution.

Garcia Bernal, whose recent credits include Casa de mi Padre and A Little Bit of Heaven, is drawing awards-season buzz for his star turn Sony Pictures Classics' No, about an ad executive who comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. The film will be Chili's official entry for the foreign Oscar.

He is repped by WME.