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White Boy Rick is an upcoming American crime drama film directed by Yann Demange, from a screenplay by Steve Kloves, Logan Miller, Noah Miller, and Andy Weiss. It stars Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Bel Powley, Piper Laurie, and Matthew McConaughey.

White Boy Rick
Directed by Yann Demange
Produced by
Written by
Cinematography Tat Radcliffe
Edited by Chris Wyatt
Distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17) (United States)
Language English

The film is scheduled to be released on August 17, 2018, by Sony Pictures Entertainment.



  • Richie Merritt as Richard Wershe Jr.
  • Matthew McConaughey as Richard Wershe Sr., Wershe’s father, a blue-collar factory worker trying to keep his family together as the automotive industry collapses around him in Detroit.
  • Bel Powley as Dawn Wershe, Wershe Sr.’s daughter
  • Bruce Dern as Ray Wershe, Wershe Jr.’s grandfather
  • Piper Laurie as Vera Wershe, Wershe Jr.’s grandmother
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as one of the FBI agents who began working with Wershe as a confidential informant from the beginning.
  • Rory Cochrane as Byrd, one of the FBI agents who began working with Wershe as a confidential informant from the beginning.
  • YG as Leo Curry, eldest brother of Johnny and Rudell Curry
  • Jonathan Majors as Johnny Curry, brother of Leo and Rudell Curry
  • RJ Cyler as Rudell Curry, youngest brother of Johnny and Leo Curry
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Officer Mel “Roach” Jackson, a narcotics detective
  • Taylour Paige as Cathy Volsan
  • Danny Brown as "Black Ed."
  • Kyanna Simone Simpson as Brenda
  • Jason Gerrard
  • IshDARR as "Freaky Steve" Roussell
  • Kevin Dietz as Field Reporter
  • Eddie Marsan as Art Derrick


In February 2015, Studio 8 acquired a spec script by Logan Miller and Noah Miller, titled White Boy Rick.[2] In November 2016, Matthew McConaughey joined the cast of the film, with Yann Demange directing the film, Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin and John Lesher will produce the film under their Protozoa Pictures and LBI Entertainment banners, respectively.[3] In January 2017, Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh joined the cast of the film.[4] In February 2017, Bel Powley and Brian Tryee Henry joined the cast of the film.[5][6] In March 2017, Richie Merritt, Jonathan Majors, YG, Taylour Paige, Piper Laurie and RJ Cyler joined the cast of the film.[7][8]


Principal photography began on March 14, 2017.[9][10] Following audience testing, which were quite high - scoring in the 90s - director Yann Demange was given the go-ahead to shoot extra scenes.[11]


The film was scheduled to be released on January 12, 2018[12] but was pushed back to January 26, 2018[13] and finally to August 17, 2018.[14]


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  2. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (February 17, 2015). "Studio 8 Buys Spec On Long Imprisoned Detroit Drug Dealer/Informant 'White Boy Rick'". Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ Busch, Anita (November 18, 2016). "Matthew McConaughey In Negotiations To Star In 'White Boy Rick' For Helmer Yann Demange". Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Busch, Anita (January 31, 2017). "Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Rory Cochrane Board 'White Boy Rick'". Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (February 1, 2017). "Bel Powley to Play Matthew McConaughey's Daughter in 'White Boy Rick' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ Busch, Anita (February 21, 2017). "'Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry Joins 'White Boy Rick'". Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (March 3, 2017). "'White Boy Rick' Coveted Lead Role Goes To Unknown 15-Year-Old Baltimore Kid With No Acting Experience". Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (March 24, 2017). "Power Ranger R.J. Cyler Joins 'White Boy Rick' Cast". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ "White Boy Rick" (PDF). Directors Guild of America. Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Will Matthew McConaughey be filming in Detroit next year?". On Location Vacations. December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
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  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 9, 2017). "Sony Release Date Changes: 'White Boy Rick' Takes Over 'Bad Boys 3' MLK Slot, 'Goosebumps 2' Moves To Fall 2018 & More". Retrieved March 12, 2017. 
  13. ^ Lang, Brent (June 16, 2017). "'Solutrean' Retitled 'Alpha,' Gets New Release Date (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2017. 
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