‘White Boy Rick’ Coveted Lead Role Goes To Unknown 15-Year-Old Baltimore Kid With No Acting Experience

Richie Merritt, a 15-year-old Baltimore child with no prior behaving experience, has landed a desired purpose in Studio 8, John Lesher and Protozoa Pictures’ biopic White Boy Rick. He will play Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr, who as a 14-year-old in mid-1980s Detroit became an clandestine adviser for law coercion and determined himself as a vital drug dealer, usually to get arrested 3 years later. Merritt will have a lot of support and assistance as Matthew McConaughey plays Merritt’s father, Bruce Dern his grandfather, and now Piper Laurie has assimilated a expel as his grandmother. Not bad for a initial film role, right?

Piper Laurie

He will join others who are now fasten White Boy Rick including Jonathan Majors, Y.G., and Taylour Paige. The film outlines Laurie’s lapse to a large shade after 7 years; she was innate in Detroit where a story takes place. The film, destined by Yann Demange, will fire usually a few scenes in Detroit; it starts prolongation Mar 21 in Cleveland.

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rory Cochrane, Brian Tyree Henry, and Bel Powley are also in a a film.

“This is something that nothing of us had finished before. We searched all over a U.S., a UK and Australia,” Lesher told Deadline. “We auditioned both genuine kids, with no experience, and also immature actors. It was really critical to us that we found someone with a flawlessness and likeness in his credentials (to Wershe).” He pronounced Merritt grew adult in identical resources in that he had a same socio-economic credentials and was a white child in an civic environment. “We all only fell in adore with him,” Lesher said. “He has a healthy charisma.”

The loyal story follows a blue-collar father (McConaughey) and teenage son (Merritt) during a time a child became a trusted informant, to a drug dealer, to being deserted by a FBI and condemned to life in prison.

What’s engaging is that only final month, a genuine White Boy Rick, who has spent about 29 years in prison, told The Detroit News he was “cautiously optimistic” about being liberated after a assembly with a release house and his lawyers. He has a hearing after this month and a open display in June.

Majors, now appearing in ABC’s miniseries When We Rise and who will co-star in Scott Cooper’s arriving Hostiles, has been expel in a purpose of Johnny Curry. Rapper Y.G., whose second manuscript Still Brazy was expelled final year, will execute Leo Curry; Paige, a star of a VH1 series Hit The Floor, is holding on a purpose of Cathy Volsan.

White Boy Rick was scripted by Logan and Noah Miller, Andy Weiss, and Steve Kloves. Lesher (Birdman, Black Mass) is producing as is Julie Yorn of LBI Entertainment, where Lesher is now formed and that has a first-look understanding with Studio 8. Also producing are Studio 8, Protozoa Pictures’ Darren Aronofsky and Franklin. Jon Silk brought White Boy Rick into Studio 8 and is overseeing a project.