The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Bel Powley will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in Yann Demange’s film White Boy Rick.
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.
While the role of Wershe has yet to be cast, Powley will be playing his sister (or drug-addicted daughter if you read the Variety report). Powley’s recent credits include Equals and Detour. Powley will be joining a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane. 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.