It looks like Gael Garcia Bernal could soon be living a buyer’s market…
The 33-year-old Mexican actor is currently in talks to star opposite Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer’s Club, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The dramatic film from director Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) had been shopped around at the Cannes Film Festival as a McConaughey-Hilary Swank vehicle, but Swank has since dropped out.
Inspired by true events, the plot centers on Ron Woodroof (McConaughey), a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. to help himself and other AIDS patients. His actions put him on a collision course with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which was bent on keeping the drugs out of the country.
In a show-stopping role, Garcia Bernal will portray an effeminate member of the club, a fellow AIDS patient who meets Woodroof in the hospital.
The film’s producers are looking to begin shooting the film in New Orleans this November.
Garcia Bernal, who most recently appeared in , is currently drawing awards-season buzz for his star turn in Sony Pictures Classics‘ No, about an ad executive who comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 referendum. The film will be Chile’s official entry for the foreign-language Oscar.