1980s, Detroit. At the height of the crack epidemic and the government’s war on drugs, the FBI put out an extensive nationwide talent search to find an undercover informant. In an effort to try and provide for his family, Richard Wershe (Matthew McConaughey), a factory worker whose job is crushed by the crumbling automotive industry, puts forward his son, Richard Wershe Jr (Richie Merritt).
Richard Wershe Jr successfully takes up the position as the youngest-ever FBI informant, at the tender age of 14. But things go awry when he winds up getting involved in drug trafficking, and goes on to become a major drug dealer. “Whiteboy Rick” is now not only under serious threat from dangerous criminals, but the federal law agency too.
A Lou Pizzard film, White Boy Rick is directed by Yann Demange (Top Boy) and adapted from an original screenplay by Logan and Noah Miller. Based on the true-life events, this crime-drama is an adrenaline-packed thrill ride that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat.
The film stars a host of familiar faces including Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), and Eddie Marsan (21 Grams).