Cannes: 'Dallas Buyers Club' Takes Shape With Matthew McConaughey, Hilary Swank

Content Film has acquired The Dallas Buyers Club for international sales. That puts the picture on track to finally happen, with Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank starring, and Jean-Marc Vallee directing. He helmed The Young Victoria, and just wrapped Cafe de Flore. Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack wrote the screenplay. The project has long been a passion of top actors and directors. McConaughey will play a Texas electrician named Ron Woodroof. Given six months to live by his doctors in 1986 after contracting AIDS, he hung on and lived another six years by illegally smuggling medicine into the US. He made sure a lot of other sufferers got them. The spirit of the drama paints a picture at the time of powerful and unyielding bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration.

The film is produced by Robbie Brenner (Machine Gun Preacher) and Rachel Rothman-Winter. Nathan Ross will also be a producer. Content Film president Jamie Carmichael will lead Content’s effort to broker offshore territories while CAA reps the film for a domestic deal.

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