Focus Features announced yesterday that director Jean-Marc Vallee’s 1980s-set AIDS drama “Dallas Buyers Club” has been moved up over a month from its original release date of Dec. 6 to Nov. 1, where it will receive a limited release in New York and Los Angeles only before expanding nationwide in the weeks following.
Based on a true story, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as Texas electrician Ron Woodruff who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given months to live, began experimenting with, and then smuggling, non-FDA-approved medicines that wound up making him live longer than expected. He then passed on his knowledge to other AIDS patients by creating the Dallas Buyers Club, one of the first groups providing alternate AIDS treatments.
This new release date puts a little distance from the crowded end of November/beginning of December field, which does have a chock-full of awards contenders. But, before it hits theaters in November, “Dallas Buyers Club” will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival come next week.
In anticipation for its TIFF premiere, Focus Features has unveiled the first stills of the movie featuring McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, who plays Woodruff’s doctor.