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Sony Pictures Germany

March 7, 2019

Based on true events, WHITE BOY RICK is set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the war on drugs, in a city rife with corruption on every level.

WHITE BOY RICK is a tarnished American Dream, an improbable tale of fathers and sons, friends and family, a shifting landscape of loyalty and betrayal, where everything has a cost, including love and the ultimate price may be survival. The film chronicles three critical years in the life of Rick Wershe Jr. as he rises from baby-faced teen to infamous drug dealer before ultimately becoming a pawn to some of Detroit’s most powerful and corrupt politicians.

WHITE BOY RICK stars Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar) as Rick’s father, Richard Wershe Sr., and introduces newcomer Richie Merritt as Rick Wershe Jr. It also features Oscar® nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Hateful Eight) and Rory Cochrane (Black Mass) as the FBI agents who begin working with Rick as a confidential informant, and Brian Tyree Henry (FX’s Atlanta) as narcotics Detective Jackson; two-time Oscar® nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight) as Rick’s grandfather, Roman “Ray” Wershe; three-time Oscar® nominee Piper Laurie (Carrie, Children of a Lesser God) as Rick’s grandmother, Verna Wershe; BAFTA nominee Bel Powley (Diary of a Teenage Girl) as Rick’s sister, Dawn; and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Deadpool 2) as Art Derrick among others.

The film is directed by Yann Demange (‘71) and written by Andy Weiss and Logan & Noah Miller.