Bernal Joins Dallas Buyer's Club

But Hilary Swank has dropped out

Gael Garcia Bernal

It’s a case of one in and one out for Matthew McConaughey’s latest, true-life drama The Dallas Buyer’s Club. While the film – which has been in development for a few years now – was shopped around Cannes as starring McConaughey and Hilary Swank, it’ll now be minus Swank but plus Gael Garcia Bernal.

The script, currently written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, is inspired by the true-life tale of Texas electrician Ron Woodruff.

When he’s diagnosed with AIDS, he starts smuggling alternative drug treatments into the US to help himself and other patients (including Bernal’s character, who signs on to help). His actions put the club in direct confrontation with the US Food and Drug Administration, which is looking to keep the meds out of the country.

The Young Victoria’s Jean-Marc Vallée is still aboard to direct, and the film will get started next month in New Orleans. Bernal was most recently seen in Casa De Mi Padre with Will Ferrell and is in line to play Zorro in action reboot Zorro Reborn.