Starring Matthew McConaughey and the new kid on the block, Richie Merritt, the duo will play father and son in the reality-based crime drama movie set to be released this Fall. Based on the legendary true story, White Boy Rick is expected to do very well in theaters later this year.
McConaughey will play the dysfunctional father to one of the FBI‘s youngest known informants in history who would go on to become a legend, Richard Wershe Jr. Here we get the first peek of the upcoming film.
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Yann Demange only has one feature film under his belt, the 2014 historical thriller “’71,” but that directorial debut is such a grounded, intense firecracker that anyone who saw it knows the French director is extremely talented when it comes to crafting gripping psychological action. Fortunately for Demange, his latest based-on-a-true-story drama, “White Boy Rick,” should be chock full of these moments.
“White Boy Rick” stars newcomer Richie Merritt as Richard Wershe Jr., who in the 1980s became the youngest FBI informant in history at the age of 14 years old. The film follows Wershe Jr.’s years with the FBI and the events that led to his life sentence in prison after being arrested for drug-trafficking. Matthew McConaughey plays Wershe Jr.’s father, a blue-collar factory worker from Detroit struggling to provide for his family. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as one of the FBI agents who recruits the teenager.
In addition to “’71” and “White Boy Rick,” Demange has been confirmed to direct the pilot of J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele’s upcoming HBO drama series “Lovecraft Country.” The movie is one of two releases for McConaughey this fall, the other being Steven Knight’s noir thriller “Serenity.”
White Boy Rick is scheduled to hit the theaters on September 14.
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