Jennifer Garner Joining Matthew McConaughey In AIDS Drama

By Katey Rich 2012-11-01 08:38:18discussion comments
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With Ben Affleck taking over the world thanks to his directing and acting work on Argo, I've been wondering when we could see a similar revival for his wife, Jennifer Garner. The Alias star was pretty much as famous and well-employed as he was when they met on the set of Daredevil in 2004, but in the time that he's spent reinventing himself as a classy director, she's been taking a handful of roles in small, relatively unloved movies ranging from total flops (The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Butter) to blockbusters everyone would choose not to remember (Valentine's Day, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past).

The one exception on that list is Juno, the smash indie hit in which Garner turned in a terrific, understated supporting performance as the would-be adoptive mom to Ellen Page's unborn baby. And it's that kind of supporting work that I hope Garner turns in again in her next role, in a movie with a ton of potential. Deadline reports that Garner is in talks to join Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyers Club, a drama that's been taking shape recently as a starring role for McConaughey, who would play an AIDS patient in Texas in the 80s who organized a ring for fellow patients to access HIV medicine smuggled into the country from Mexico. Garner would be taking on the role once set for Hilary Swank, though it's unclear how big the part is or what the character is, exactly.

Deadline also note that they're casting the role of a cross-dresser, which sounds like it could be the "showy" supporting role that Gael Garcia Bernal was lining up for recently. I'd be sorry to hear if Bernal has dropped out, since he's been on a serious roll lately, but with the project coming together to be sold at the American Film Market this week, you can never count on anything being certain. But McConaughey's passion for the project-- have you seen the crazy amount of weight he's losing for this role?-- means it will almost definitely happen, and given how many strong performances he's turned in this year, it ought to be something to look forward to, especially with Garner now potentially on board.
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