‘White Boy Rick’ Trailer: Matthew McConaughey, Drugs & 1980s Detroit

The first official trailer for White Boy Rick has been released. The film is directed by Yann Demange (’71) and is produced by Darren Aranofsky and is set in 1980s Detroit and is based on the incredible true story of a father (Matthew McConaughey) and his teenage son (Richie Merritt) who becomes a police informant and later a kingpin in drug dealing, but whose life quickly spun out of control after being abandoned by his handlers.

For not knowing this trailer was coming or even looking forward to it, it’s a really good trailer. Anything McConaughey has been in over the last handful of years, whether it’s good or bad, has always been interesting due to his ability to be 100% believable 100% of the time. The variety of characters and roles he chooses is remarkable, almost to a point of irresistibility. But when you throw this kind of role and story at him, it turns into a completely different ballgame. It looks thrilling and intense and so much more. And being one who doesn’t know about the story it’s based on, I’m very excited to see how the entire thing unfolds.

Check out the first trailer below and make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below! What did you think of the trailer? Do you remember this happening? How do you feel about McConaughey? Also starring Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie, White Boy Rick hits theaters on September 21st.

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.

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