White Boy Rick focuses on the story of Richard Wershe Jr., who in the mid-1980’s at the age of 14 became an undercover informant for local and federal law enforcement agencies and then established himself as a major drug dealer. The dual life he led eventually put him into the cross-hairs of the feds at age 17 when he was found with 17 pounds of cocaine. He was put in jail for life, but ethical questions remain as to how much the feds were involved in putting him deeper into a life of drugs.
Bruce Dern will be playing the role of Wershe Jr.’s grandfather, while Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane will be playing the FBI agents who began working with Wershe as a confidential informant from the beginning. The lead role is yet to be cast. The film is currently planned to begin production in Michigan and Ohio in March. Josh Lesher will serve as Producer alongside LBI Entertainment, Studio 8 and Darren Aronofsky and Protozoa Pictures’ Scott Franklin.