The career renaissance of Matthew McConaughey continues on as the once rom-com staple stars in director Jean-Marc Vallée's (The Young Victoria) film based on the real life story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and was given only thirty days to live. Woodroof's reaction to this disturbing news is naturally to figure out how he might cure himself, but when he learns the U.S. is still internally divided over how to combat the virus and is restricting medications he turns to smuggling alternative and illegal treatments into the country while not just helping out himself, but other patients. We've seen plenty of press for this film as it is the one where the set photos captured a scarily thin McConaughey, but it seems evident from this first look that all the hard work was indeed worth it as the character of Woodroof and his overcoming of the odds arc seems a perfect vehicle for the actor to give a dramatically effecting performance while utilizing his wealth of charm for the more comedic aspects of the film. I'm glad to see this isn't going to be a dour experience, but more a heartfelt drama that will contain the multiple elements and emotions that make up everyday-life. Though this is clearly McConaughey's show and he seems to be intent on getting an Oscar nomination, if not a win, there is an exemplary supporting cast here as well that seems to be doing some great work, especially Jared Leto. He clearly has the flashiest role as a transsexual that goes into business with Woodroof and the versatile actor looks to be bringing his A-game along with his co-star. The rest of the cast is made up by the likes of Jennifer Garner, Steve Zahn, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Denis O’Hare, and Bradford Cox. Dallas Buyers Club will have its premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and I look forward to hearing the reaction. The rest of us will have to wait until November 1st when it opens in limited release and expands nationwide over the following weeks. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

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