EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Garner is in talks to star in the long-gestating drama Dallas Buyers Club alongside Matthew McConaughey. The plot centers on a man who was given six months to live after contracting AIDS in 1986; he lived another six years by illegally smuggling medicine into the U.S., making sure a lot of other sufferers got them too. The spirit of the drama paints a picture at the time of powerful and unyielding bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration. We’re hearing that the production is also close to casting the key role of a cross-dresser, but nothing’s been sealed. Worldwide rights are available with Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier setting up sales at AFM.

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The project has long been a passion for top actors and directors. Most recently Hilary Swank was attached, but Garner would now take on that female lead, Dr. Eve Saks. Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) is directing a script by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack. Truth Entertainment recently joined Voltage Pictures in financing the $5 million-budgeted film, which is scheduled to begin production November 11 in New Orleans. Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter are producing. Executive producing are Truth’s Tony Notargiacomo, Joe Newcomb, Logan Levy and Holly Wiersma; Voltage’s Chartier and Zev Foreman; Nathan Ross; and Cassian Elwes.

Garner, whose Vandalia Films produced the recently released Butter starring Garner, Ty Burrell and Olivia Wilde, is developing the Agatha Christie adaptation Miss Marple at Disney with Mark Frost penning. She is repped by WME and Management 360.

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