Yann Demange ('71) is looking to have the drama shooting early this year, working from a new draft of the script by Steve Kloves (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows). White Boy Rick focuses on Richard Wershe, Jr., who at the tender age of 14 became an undercover informant for local and federal law agencies before himself going on to become a major drug dealer in the mid 1980s. At 17, he was arrested with 17 pounds of cocaine in his possession and jailed for life, but there remain questions about how his early work as an informant contributed to his descent into crime.
McConaughey is making a deal to play Wershe's father, a factory worker trying to keep his family fed as the automotive industry in Detroit crumbles. Before he reports to the set next year, McConaughey will be seen in another controversial true story, Gold, which arrives on 3 February.