Last week, word broke of Jennifer Garner joining the cast of Jean-Marc Vallee's The Dallas Buyers Club opposite Matthew McConaughy. Today, Variety reports that Jared Leto has signed on as well.
The film tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, a tough Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given six months to live. Frustrated with the lack of available medical options and unwilling to accept a death sentence, Woodroof found a lifeline using alternative drugs and created a lucrative smuggling business that made those drugs available to AIDS patients.
Leto, best known as the lead vocalist in 30 Seconds to Mars, has appeared in a number of films, including Fight Club, American Psycho and as the lead in Chapter 27. Leto is said to play an AIDS patient named Rayon.
Filming is set to begin in November in New Orleans with Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack providing the screenplay and Robbie Brenner, Nathan Ross and Rachel Rothman-Winter producing.