White Boy Rick will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018.
Set in 1980s Detroit, White Boy Rick follows the true story of Richard Wershe Jr., who at the age of 14, was recruited as an undercover informant for both federal and local law enforcement agencies during the height of a nationwide crack epidemic. The teenager’s complex life eventually led him to trouble when, at the age of 17, he was found guilty of possessing 17 pounds of cocaine. Wershe’s sentence of life in prison has since sparked several ethical questions related to the extent at which the government drove the young man to crime.
The film stars newcomer Richie Merritt as White Boy Rick, as well as Matthew McConaughey as his father, Bruce Dern and Piper Laurie as his grandparents, and Bel Powley as his sister. Other stars include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rory Cochrane and Brian Tyree Henry.
White Boy Rick is directed by Yann Demange with writing from Logan & Noah Miller, Andy Weiss, Scott Silver and Steve Kloves. The film is produced by John Lesher, Julie Yorn, Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin.