Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey has, according to Deadline, lined up a new starring role in Sony Pictures’ upcoming big screen adaptation of Benjamin Wallace’s nonfiction bestseller The Billionaire’s Vinegar. Subtitled “The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine,” the book, first published in 2008, is officially described as follows:
It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold.
In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie’s of London, a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux—unearthed in a Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was Hardy Rodenstock, a pop-band manager turned wine collector with a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn’t Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret? Pursuing the story from London to Zurich to Munich and beyond, Benjamin Wallace offers a mesmerizing history of wine and of Jefferson’s wine-soaked days in France. Suspenseful, witty, and thrillingly strange, this is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries.
McConaughey, who starred last year on the big screen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and on the small screen in Cary Fukunaga’s “True Detective,” can next be seen in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, starring opposite Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe.
Producers on The Billionaire’s Vinegar include Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, James Lassiter, Will Smith and Steve Tisch.
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