Melissa Leo, Deborah Ann Woll and Brian Geraghty co-star in Matthew Dean Russell's "Seven Days in Utopia"
The duo previously worked together in Billy Bob Thornton's Oscar-winning "Sling Blade."
The story follows a talented young golfer (Black) who is set on making the pro tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, he escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself stranded in Utopia, Texas, where he meets an eccentric rancher (Oscar winner Duvall) who forces the golfer to question his past choices as well as his plans for the future.
Matthew Dean Russell directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Rob Levine and David L. Cook, whose book "Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia" will serve as the basis for the script.
"Precious" co-producer Mark G. Mathis will produce with Jason M. Berman, while Black will exec produce with Ken Herfurth, Phil Myers and Robert Carliner.
Production begins tomorrow in Texas, a day before Sony Pictures Classics releases "Get Low" in select cities. I've heard nothing but good things about Aaron Schneider's Southern-fried dramedy since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film currently boasts a 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Duvall and Leo are represented by ICM, which is handling the film's North American rights.
Jimmy Cundiff represents Black, while Woll is represented by Paradigm and Geraghty by UTA.