Starz Digital Media, the digital distribution unit of Starz, has acquired all U.S. rights to Clark Gregg’s comedy “Trust Me,” the company announced Wednesday.
Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson on ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” as well as in “The Avengers,” stars alongside Sam Rockwell, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon, Felicity Huffman and Saxon Sharbino.
The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released on digital and VOD platforms in May 2014, four weeks before its June theatrical release.
“Trust Me” is the darkly comic story of Howard Holloway (Gregg) a down-on-his luck agent for child actors and one the last good guys left in Hollywood. After discovering a 13-year-old prodigy (Sharbino), he is poised to close the deal of a lifetime which would catapult his tween prodigy and, at long last, himself into the big time. To get there, he must wrangle her volatile, overprotective father, dodge scheming producers (Huffman) and outwit his uber-slick nemesis (Rockwell). As he arrives on the brink of the Hollywood dream that’s eluded him for a lifetime, he begins to sense that his innocent young starlet may not be quite what she seems.
The film was produced by Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures, Mary Vernieu and Gregg under their new banner Savage Bunny, and Aaron Gilbert and Margot Hand of Bron Studios. Rockwell served as an executive producer alongside Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers of IAM Enterainment.
“I could not be more impressed with the Starz team and their bold, unique vision for ‘Trust Me,'” added Gregg. “I look forward to collaborating with them to bring this very personal film to a wide audience.”
This is the second feature film written and directed by Gregg, who made his directing debut with “Choke,” an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel that starred Sam Rockwell.
Starz Digital Media releases include the comedy “Free Samples” starring Jess Weixler, Jason Ritter and Jesse Eisenberg, as well as the upcoming comedic rock documentary “Mistaken for Strangers.”