McConaughey Agrees To Take On Hardy Role In “The Billionaire's Vinegar”


Whether wooing Kate Hudson, hiding out on a deserted Bayou island or peddling black-market AIDS drugs, mega-star Matthew McConaughey has a knack for picking just the right role.
The Hollywood heartthrob is at it again, uncorking the news he'll be starring in the upcoming screen adaptation of Benjamin Wallace's “The Billionaire's Vinegar,” a nonfiction tome about the ruses of wily wine fraudster Hardy Rodenstock.
“The script will be adapted form Wallace's book by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas –  who also tackled 3:10 to Yuma and Chicago Fire,” wrote Rose Troup Buchanan, a reporter for United Kingdom-based The Independent. “It will be produced by Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Will Smith.”
Sources have yet to confirm which role McConaughey will play, but the leading man just may be playing the part of Rodenstock, a complex role you'd hardly believe the tall Texan could pull off earlier in his career.
“Once known for his lighter romantic-comedies, McConaughey has shifted gears spectacularly in recent years, winning an Oscar last year for his role in Dallas Buyers Club,” Buchanan said. 
The production team of Black, Lassiter, Blumenthal, Tisch and Smith worked together on the popular films The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pound, Hollywood news site Deadline said.
According to a story by entertainment publication Variety, the film's production has been in the works since 2008.
Lassiter used common vernacular to describe why he wanted to take the project.
“For me, the movie is the unraveling of a mystery that comes down to a guy who punked the wine world,” he said in a 2008 interview with Variety.
The story focuses on a bottle of Chateau Lafite from the 1700's which allegedly bore the signature of Thomas Jefferson. The tale of trickery became big news when it became known that billionaire Bill Koch was one of the bamboozled. 
“After paying $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, billionaire Bill Koch paid twice that for an investigation to confirm their origins and then sued Rodenstock,” the 2008 article said.
According to an article by Entertainment Weekly reporter Dana Rose Falcone, a director has yet to be named for the movie.
One wine website is calling the film the “biggest wine flick since Bottle Shock”, the film which chronicled the key events in 1976 blind tasting which led to the emergence of California wine as a legitimate competitor of the French.

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