White Boy Rick Movie

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 Who’s Involved:


Julie Yorn, Matthew McConaughey, Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern, RJ Cyler, Bel Powley, Ari Handel, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Darren Aronofsky, John Lesher… more »


 Release Date:

Friday, September 14, 2018 (Nationwide)

language throughout, drug content, violence, some sexual references, and brief nudity
 Runtime: N/A
 Language: English

Plot: What’s the story about?

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, White Boy Rick is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr., who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.

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Who stars in White Boy Rick: Cast List

Matthew McConaughey … Richard Wershe Sr

Sing, Dallas Sting

Bruce Dern … Ray Wershe

Mid-Century, The Gateway

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Sharp Stick, Morgan

Rory Cochrane

Tyson’s Run, Encounter

Richie Merritt … Richard ‘White Boy Rick’ Wershe Jr


Piper Laurie

Eulogy, Hesher

Jonathan Majors

Devotion, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Taylour Paige

Mack & Rita, Sharp Stick

Brian Tyree Henry … Officer Jackson

Bullet Train, Eternals

Bel Powley

The Bell Jar, Detour

RJ Cyler

Emergency, Power Rangers

Eddie Marsan

Vesper, The Contractor

Who’s making White Boy Rick: Crew List

A look at the White Boy Rick behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film’s director Yann Demange last directed ’71 and Anubis. The film’s writer Logan Miller last wrote Touching Home.


Yann Demange


Darren Aronofsky
Scott Franklin
John Lesher
Julie Yorn


Sony Pictures

Production Company

LBI Entertainment

Studio 8

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Production: What we know about White Boy Rick?

Key Facts

  1. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane will portray FBI agents who began working with Wershe as a confidential informant from the beginning (Deadline.com, 1/31/17).
  2. Based on the true story of Richard Wershe Jr., the only successful white boy gangster/drug kingpin in an African American dominated 1980’s Detroit.

Filming Timeline

  1. April 2018: The film was in Completed status.
  2. March 2017: The film was in Production status.

    The film will shoot only a few scenes in Detroit; starts production March 21st in Cleveland.

  3. November 2016: The film was in Pre-Production status.

    Readying to go before cameras in March 2017. Planning to shoot in Michigan and Ohio.

White Boy Rick Release Date: When was the film released?

White Boy Rick was released in 2018 on Friday, September 14, 2018 (Nationwide release). There were 22 other movies released on the same date, including The PredatorA Simple Favor and Unbroken: Path to Redemption.

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