Focus Features Acquires AIDS Drama ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner

Focus Features Acquires AIDS Drama 'Dallas Buyers Club' Starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner

Focus Features has acquired domestic and Latin American rights to Jean-Marc Vallee’s fact-based medical drama “Dallas Buyers Club,” which stars Matthew McConaughey as HIV/AIDS patient Rob Woodroff in 1980s Texas. The film also features Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.

McConaughey-heads have no doubt seen the dramatic weight loss the “Magic Mike” star — now onscreen in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” — underwent for this role (which he discusses along with his recent string of indie projects in this TOH interview). Via subterfuge, his character acquires alternative treatments to HIV/AIDS, which he begins to sell covertly to others afflicted with the virus.

Vallee previously directed the Oscar-winning “The Young Victoria” (2009) with Emily Blunt, and last year’s Canadian festival hit “Cafe de Flore.” Though “Dallas Buyers Club” is still in post-production, Focus Features plans a domestic release in the second half of 2013, likely for an awards push.

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