Matthew McConaughey In Negotiations To Star In ‘White Boy Rick’
White Boy Rick is about Richard Wershe Jr., who in the mid-1980s at the age of only 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 when he was found with 17 pounds of cocaine (at only 17 years of age). He was put in jail for life, but ethical questions remain as how much the feds were involved in putting him deeper into his life of drugs.
McConaughey will play Wershe’s father, a blue-collar factory worker trying to keep his family together as the automotive industry collapses around him in Detroit. The producers are currently casting the lead role of the kid now.
Matthew McConaughey to take The Stand for Stephen King adaptation
Matthew McConaughey is tipped to take the role of villainous Randall Flagg in The Stand, a Hollywood franchise based on the 1978 Stephen King novel. Backed by Warner Bros, The Stand will be released as four standalone pictures directed by Josh Boone. Discussing the project on Kevin Smith’s podcast, Boone described The Stand as “the Godfather of post-apocalyptic thrillers.”
Conceived as an American version of The Lord of the Rings, King’s 1200-page epic spotlights the battle between good and evil after a deadly virus has wiped out the bulk of the world’s population. McConaughey looks set to play the story’s chief antagonist, a grinning cowboy with supernatural powers who establishes a power base in the ruins of Las Vegas.
Does Marvel Want Matthew McConaughey For ‘Doctor Strange’?
When it comes to casting “Doctor Strange,” Marvel doesn’t just want someone to say “yes.” They want someone to say “alright, alright, alright.”
With Joaquin Phoenix no longer in the running to play Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, the search is on for a new leading man to become the magically-powered superhero. Variety reports a bunch of high-profile names in the mix, most notably Oscar-winning actor and man-of-the-moment Matthew McConaughey.
“It’s unclear whether the ‘Interstellar’ actor could even take on Doctor Strange given his busy schedule,” Variety reports, “but Marvel believes that, after drawing interest from Phoenix, the studio can get anyone in the room and execs want a star for the part.”
McConaughey is the biggest name in the running for Stephen Strange, but there are other A-listers supposedly on the docket as well, including McConaughey’s fellow “Dallas Buyers Club” Oscar winner Jared Leto. Others include Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor, the last of whom’s potential involvement was first reported by Badass Digest.
“The actor has a total of nine films currently in development and hasn’t starred in a major tentpole since his days playing young Obi-Wan in the ‘Star Wars’ prequels,” Variety writes of McGregor. “But as BadAss Digest previously reported, he’s expected to meet for the role and could have a few more tricks up his sleeve.”
One last “Strange” contender: Oscar Isaac, the star of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and one of the main cast members of the upcoming “Star Wars” reboot. As a known quantity at Disney, Isaac could have a leg up over his competitors — except that Marvel apparently wants “a star,” and while he’s extremely talented, Isaac isn’t a name just yet. Still, on looks and talent alone, it’s hard to argue his worthiness to play the Sorcerer Supreme.