Here’s the trailer for White Boy Rick!
Now, White Boy Rick is based on a true story that’s actually pretty interesting. At the age of 14, Richard Wershe, Jr. was the youngest criminal to ever become an informant for the FBI. Of course, once the FBI got what they wanted from him, Wershe was left on his own and, when he was 17, he was arrested for selling cocaine and sentenced to life in prison. Wershe, who was finally paroled in 2017, claims that the harsh sentence was politically motivated and that he basically learned how to become a successful drug dealer through his work for the government.
It’s a great story and, with more and more people questioning both drug prohibition and national law enforcement, a timely one. The film’s got a good cast, with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bel Powley, Rory Cochrane, Piper Laurie, and Bruce Dern all in supporting roles. The director, Yann Demange, previously directed the great ’71 and is definitely an up-and-coming filmmaker. Rick is played by a Richie Merritt, who will be making his film debut in the leading role.
As for the trailer itself, it’s effective. I had a hard time understanding some of the dialogue and it’s hard to really judge Merritt’s performance based on what’s present here. But I like the look of the trailer and the music is damn near perfect.
Some are saying this movie might be an Oscar contender. We’ll have to see!