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Evan Slead
November 18, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EST

Matthew McConaughey is in talks to star in the independent drama White Boy Rick, a rep for the actor confirms to EW.

The film will follow the true story of Detroit teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an informant for local and federal authorities when he was just 14 years old, eventually becoming a drug kingpin in the city in the 1980s. McConaughey, according to Deadline, which first reported the news, would play Wershe’s blue-collar father, who watches his teenage son receive a life sentence for his place in the drug trade.

Yann Demange (’71) is set to direct the film, with Logan and Nolan Miller penning the script. Darren Aranofsky and Scott Franklin will produce through their company Protozoa Pictures.

McConaughey will next be heard in the animated musical Sing, and seen in Gold, as well as the anticipated film The Dark Tower, based off of the Stephen King series, is set to release Feb. 2017.

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