Matthew McConaughey to play drug dealer in new movie

Matthew McConaughey talks on stage after accepting the Oscar for best actor. (AP)
Matthew McConaughey talks on stage after accepting the Oscar for best actor. (AP)

Los Angeles - Matthew McConaughey is set to star in White Boy Rick

The Oscar-winning actor is in negotiations to join the indie drama, which tells the true story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr, who ran a hugely successful drug empire in Detroit in the 1980s, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Matthew is in talks to play Wershe's father in the Yann Demange directed movie. 

Meanwhile, Matthew recently received the Caldwell Vineyards Maverick Actor Tribute Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

The award is given to those with outstanding acting and cinematic storytelling contributions within the film industry, and was presented to Matthew after a glittering 20-year career which has seen him win countless awards including an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

Speaking previously about the award, the festival's co-founder Marc Lhormer said: "Vintner John Caldwell is the original Napa Valley maverick winemaker, and Matthew McConaughey is the epitome of a maverick when it comes to his work in the film industry.

"Matthew boldly inhabits each character that he plays on screen, and we are just delighted to showcase his latest film and to honour him at the festival this year."

The festival also hosted a private screening of Matthew's newest project Gold, which was open only to members of the festival's Patron Circle and Vintner Circle.

The movie is based on a true story and centres around unlucky prospector (McConaughey) on a desperate search for gold in Indonesia.