Ansel Engort to star in Dukes of Oxy
New Line Cinema is developing a big screen adaptation of the just-published Rolling Stone article, “Dukes of Oxy“.
Michael De Luca is producing with Ansel Elgort (“Fault in our Stars”) and Emily Gerson Saines. Elgort will also potentially star as one of two teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers.
Elgort is set to play Dodd, the more rational member of the team. Early on, Dodd turned to a relative who had done time for dealing drugs and was given a handy set of rules that included not talking on the phone, not dealing with anybody they didn’t know, not using guns and cutting ties with anyone under state or federal investigation. As their empire grew, and they spent much time getting high on their own supply, the duo broke every one of these rules and eventually got caught when law enforcement began to crack down on the runaway problem of a black market for painkillers.