Matthew McConaughey AIDS Drama Acquired by Focus Features

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Matthew McConaughey AIDS Drama Acquired by Focus Features

Focus Features has picked up Dallas Buyers Club, the Matthew McConaughey inspirational AIDS drama directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.

Focus aims to release the movie in the second half of 2013, meaning an awards campaign could be in the offing.

The company has also picked up the rights to Latin America.

Inspired by real events that took place in the 1980s, the story centers on Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS and given six months to live, who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. He added years to his life but rushed headfirst into a collision course with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which was bent on keeping the drugs out of the country.

McConaughey lost weight for the part, which indicates how seriously he took the role. Rocker-turned-actor Jared Leto has a flamboyant part of a cross-dresser with HIV. Jennifer Garner also stars in the movie.

Dallas Buyers is produced by Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter. Executive producing are Truth Entertainment¹s Tony Notargiacomo and Joe Newcomb plus Nicholas Chartier, Cassian Elwes, Logan Lev, Nathan Ross and Holly Wiersma.