A couple of weeks ago it was revealed that Jared Leto was set to play a flamboyant, cross-dressing gay character in The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Now the movie has started shooting and Just Jared has gotten hold of the first shots from the set, showing Leto in character, along with a very skinny Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.
I can’t say it’s Jared’s best look ever, but it certainly shows off his cheekbones and he’s oddly reminiscent of Cillian Murphy in Breakfast On Pluto (although that may just be because of the furry jacket).
The movie is about Ron Woodruff (McConaughey), a man who contracts AIDS in 1986. After becoming frustrated with the lack of medical options in the US, due to the fact drugs have to be extensively tested by the FDA before they become available to patients, he begins smuggling alternative drugs into the country from Mexico. Jared Leto will portray Rayon, another AIDS patient Woodruff befriends at the hospital.
It’s also been revealed via Variety that that the wonderful Steve Zahn and Dallas Roberts have joined the cast as it’s started shooting. The Grey’s Roberts will play Woodruff’s defence attorney David Wayne, who fought for the FDA to allow AIDS patients to get potentially life-saving drugs. Zahn is set to be a Dallas policeman who turns a blind eye to Woodruff’s smuggling, as he sympathises with his predicament after having dealt with his father’s Alzheimer’s.
Jean-Marc Vallée is directing from a screenplay by Melisa Wallack and Craig Borten. Click on the pics below for a better look at McConaughey, Garner and Leto, or head over to Just Jared for a few more images.