It looks like Matthew McConaughey may be going for an Oscar run with The Dallas Buyers Club, losing huge amounts of weight to play Ron Woodroof, who fought back against government inaction over the introduction of HIV medication in the 1980s. Now the first trailer for the movie has arrived.
Woodroof was an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1986, Ron was blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.
With the US still internally divided over how to combat the virus and restricting medications, Ron grabbed hold of non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, he established a “buyers club,” which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.
Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto (as a gay transvestite, no less), Dennis Hare, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts and Griffin Dunne also star. Focus Features will release the movie in the US in December, while it’ll reach the UK on February 7th.