An open casting call is planned for May 2 for a movie about the life of Richard Wershe Jr., who was was 18 in 1988 when he was sentenced to life in prison after being busted with 650 grams of cocaine.

The saga of White Boy Rick, as he was nicknamed, and his involvement in the drug empires spurred by the 1980s crack plague, became famous in metro Detroit.

The movie “White Boy Rick” is expected to shoot in Detroit sometime this fall.

The open casting call is scheduled for 1-6 p.m. May 2 at Michigan Actors Studio, 648 E. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a photo with full name and contact information attached.

Candidates must resemble Wershe as a youth. He’s described as “Caucasian, baby faced, street-smart and a born hustler” with swagger and charm beyond his years.

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