Jared Leto Gets Off The Stage, Replaces Gael Garcia Bernal In 'Dallas Buyers Club'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 6, 2012 3:41 PM
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We haven't seen Jared Leto on the big screen in a while (his last effort was 2009's "Mr. Nobody" slowly crawled its way to theaters worldwide over the last couple of years) mostly because he's been living the rock star dream of being your best friend's sister's favorite band. Somehow, Jordan Catalano became the frontman of 30 Seconds To Mars, and we've all suffered for it since. But thankfully, he's getting off the stage and back on screen, taking in a role in "Dallas Buyer's Club."

He'll join Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner and in the film based on the true story of Ron Woodruff (McConaughey), who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and was only given months to live. With nothing to lose, he began experimenting with underground, non-FDA-approved drugs and wound up living longer than expected. He began getting these drugs into the hands of other AIDS sufferers as well, but it wasn't long before the FDA tried to shut him down. Leto will replace the previoiusly cast Gael Garcia Bernal (boo!), playing the cross-dressing AIDS patient who Ron meets in the hospital.

Production on the movie begins next week in New Orleans, which is remarkable in itself given how long this movie has been kicking around. Jean-Marc Vallée ("Café de Flore," "The Young Victoria") will direct and we can only presume this will be an awards contender for next year. [Deadline]

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  • Piotr | November 6, 2012 9:09 PMReply

    Jean Marc Vallee, Canada what up!

  • Liz | November 6, 2012 7:06 PMReply

    Given 95% of mars fans are female. It will be interesting to see there reacting. Wow never thought he would return to acting as he as always said in interviews that he has put that behind him for his band and music. Must be a great script and we may not even see him put on a frock in this role. I'm sure the role will take a lot of physical and mental skill as it did for him in requiem for a dream. Still it will confuse some of his fans with that age old question as to is he or isn't he. The timing is all so very interesting given they are close to releasing their next album.

  • Dan | November 6, 2012 3:56 PMReply

    He's taking the role Bernal was eyed for according to The Hollywood Reporter http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jared-leto-returning-acting-dallas-386911

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