30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto to play ‘flamboyant cross-dresser’

Actor-turned-rocker signs up for his first movie role since 2009

Jared Leto has signed up for his first movie role in three years.

The 30 Seconds To Mars frontman has joined the cast of The Dallas Buyer’s Club alongside Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. The film is inspired by the real-life story of Rod Woodroof, a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling alternative drugs into America to help himself and other AIDS patients.

McConaughey will star as Woodroof, who was given six months to live but managed to survive for six years, doing battle with officials who wanted to keep his controversial medicine out of the country. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leto will appear as a “flamboyant cross-dresser with HIV who helps Woodroof”. Leto’s character is said to be a “potentially standout role”.

The film, helmed by The Young Victoria director Jean-Marc Vallée, will be Leto’s first acting job since 2009’s Mr Nobody. Leto rose to prominence opposite Claire Danes in classic 1990s teen series My So-Called Life before moving into movies with acclaimed performances in Fight Club, American Psycho and Requiem For A Dream.

In recent years, he has focused on 30 Seconds To Mars, the rock band he formed with his brother Shannon Leto. Jared Leto recently directed a documentary film about the band called Artifact, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this September (2012) and scooped the People’s Choice award.