The first trailer has arrived for Matthew McConaughey‘s latest starring role, White Boy Rick. Directed by Yann Demange (’71) and produced by Darren Aronofsky, the film takes place in 1980s Detroit with the war on drugs in full effect.
It tells the true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son who get involved in some shady dealings, before the son later becomes a drug dealer and a police informant and then sees his life begin to spiral out of control once he realises he’s in way over his head. The trailer is below.
The rags-to-riches, rise and fall narrative presented in the clip above is pretty standard, but the 1980s-style opening titles and overall vibe is a nice touch, and when you’ve got a lead as charismatic as McConaughey on board at the centre of a stranger-than-fiction true story, there’s a good chance White Boy Rickbecomes a unique spin on a familiar genre.
Demange has already shown his ability to capture a specific time period and craft a compelling tale within it in ’71, so this looks to be a good fit for him. Alongside McConaughey, the film also stars Richie Merritt, Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Eddie Marsan, and Bruce Dern. The screenplay has been penned by Andy Weiss and Logan & Noah Miller.
White Boy Rick will have a limited release in early September before expanding wide on Friday, September 21.