The first trailer for the Detroit-set tale premiered online on Monday; film is set to roll out in September

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The first trailer for "White Boy Rick," the story of infamous Detroit drug tealer-turned FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr., debuted online Monday. 

In the movie, Matthew McConaughey plays Richard Wershe Sr., father of White Boy Rick. The younger Wershe is played by newcomer Richie Merritt. 

The trailer, which suggests a comic-drama tone for the film, opens with father and son driving into Detroit. "How come we stay, dad?" the younger Wershe asks his father, referring to Detroit. "Son," dad answers, "a lion don't leave the Serengeti." 

The trailer is soundtracked by Donna Summer's propulsive 1977 disco classic "I Feel Love." "White Boy Rick" also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, "Atlanta's" Brian Tyree Henry and native Detroiter Piper Laurie, and is directed by Yann Demange ("'71").

The film, in which Cleveland stands in for Detroit, is scheduled to open in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 14 and around the country on Sept. 21. 

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