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Focus Features acquires 'Dallas Buyers Club'

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The second phase of Matthew McConaughey’s comeback has officially begun.

Focus Features announced today that it has acquired Dallas Buyers Club, a fact-based drama starring McConaughey as Ron Woodruff, an ’80s-era AIDS patient who founded a “buyers club” for HIV-positive people in need of medication. The film also stars Jennifer Garner as Woodruff’s physician and Jared Leto as cross-dressing AIDS patient Rayon. Jean-Marc VallVallĂ©e (The Young Victoria) directed the film; Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack wrote its original screenplay.

Focus plans to release Dallas Buyers Club during the second half of 2013.

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