Open Casting Call for Feature Film White Boy Rick
The True Story Of White Boy Rick is set to be a Feature film and will begin filming this fall in Detroit, MI. Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe is currently serving life in prison in Northern Michigan for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Wershe’s story is not a cut and dry story, it is more complicated than it appears.
The Start of his career
It all began when his father, a paid informant, gave the police permission to recruit his son. At 14 years old Rick Wershe had the most unusual job, he was being paid by the police to get close to drug dealers and retain information on shipments and drug locations. Wershe recalls being given a few bucks from a Federally funded task for to spy on drug dealers and identify them, however soon after he was collecting up to thousands of dollars to gain the trust of drug dealers and help police bust them. Documents show that for at least 2 years Wershe collected approximately $30,000 for the information he provided the Task Force. This job was Rick’s gateway to becoming a drug dealer himself, a job that landed him in prison for more than 26 years.
Richard Wershe Jr. was barely capable of growing a beard but was virtually among Detroit’s major known drug figures. Back then he was a white kid with baby fat filling out his cheeks and dark bangs falling loosely around his face who was dealing so much cocaine that it was believed he was supplying the Chambers brothers.
At the height of the cocaine era in the 1980’s Rick Wershe drove a white jeep with the words THE SNOWMAN emblazoned on the rear, he wore colorful tracksuits, gaudy heavy gold chains, ostentatious mink coats, he owned a belt made of gold and a diamond encrusted Rolex. Even getting involved in a relationship with the wife of another Drug Kingpin who went to jail, whom the FBI called a “Ghetto Princess.”
White Boy Rick’s Downfall
In May 1987, at just 17, White Boy Rick was charged with possession with intent to deliver 8 kilos of cocaine. He was convicted and sentenced to a prison term of life without parole. Wershe had the misfortune of being convicted under Michigan’s 650 Lifer Law, a 1978 act that mandated an automatic prison term of life without parole for the possession of 650 grams or more of cocaine. Wershe’s sentence was then changed to Life with the possibility of parole.
Where is White Boy Rick Today?
It wasn’t until 2010 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sentencing a juvenile offender to life without parole for non-homicide crimes was ruled unconstitutional. Michigan eventually acknowledged the mistakes and failures with the 650 Lifer Law. Inmates already serving time became eligible for parole and were soon released. But Wershe is still serving his life sentence, even though Drug Kingpins and Enforcer who received heftier charges in the 1980s have long since been freed.
Wershe is now 46 years old and has been eligible for parole more than a decade ago but he has not been granted a hearing by the parole board. Speculations have been made as to why for just as long.
“They got me involved in this. I was a kid. I made a poor decision. Should I be paying for it 27 years later? I don’t think so,” Wershe said in an interview with Kevin Dietz of Click On Detroit.
Casting Call For White Boy Rick Film
Now his life story will be brought to life on the big screen and casting directors are in search of Caucasian males between the ages of 14-17. They are searching in particular for a baby-faced, street smart hustler and must have a magnetic charm and a swagger beyond his years.
To be considered for a role in “White Boy Rick,” please read the casting call provided below:
CHICAGO SEARCH ALERT!
We’re currently doing a search for the feature film WHITE BOY RICK! Looking for males, aged 14 – 17, Caucasian. Must be baby-faced, street smart and a born hustler. He possesses a magnetic charm and a swagger beyond his years. These qualities served him well as an undercover informant for the FBI and later as a powerful figure in Detroit’s drug world.
Does this apply to you? Do you know someone who fits these characteristics? TELL THEM TO SEND US THEIR STUFF!!!
We’d love a photo and phone number/email (and if they have a resume, that’s fine, too)
SUBJECT LINE FOR EMAIL SHOULD BE: WHITE BOY RICK
DEADLINE: End of Day Friday, May 1st, 2015
If you’re interested in more information about the REAL White Boy Rick, check this link out: https://read.atavist.com/white-boy-rick?no-overlay&preview
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