White Boy Rick: Yann Damange’s Drama Starring McConaughey

Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 has pushed back the release of White Boy Rick by one month to mid-September, the beginning of the awards season.

The drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey and newcomer Richie Merritt, will open in select theaters Sept. 14 before expanding nationwide a week later on Sept. 21.

White Boy Rick was set to open August 17 as the first release from Studio 8, which has a distribution deal with Sony.

Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic, the movie is based on the real-life story of Rick Wershe (Merritt), a teenage police undercover informant who became a drug dealer. McConaughey plays his father.

White Boy Rick is switching places with Alpha, another Studio 8 film, directed by Albert Hughes. Alpha relocates from Sept. 14 to Aug. 17.

White Boy Rick, directed by Yann Damange and co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bel Powley, may play at the fall film festivals.

Alpha is described as an epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. The story follows a young man on his first hunt who finds an unlikely ally in a lone wolf when injured and left for dead.