Elle Fanning, Ben Foster Drama ‘Galveston’ Acquired by RLJE Films

Melanie Laurent directed the film which will be released in theaters in the Fall

RLJE Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Melanie Laurent’s “Galveston,” starring Elle Fanning and Ben Foster, the distributor announced Thursday.

The film premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

“Galveston” is based on the novel of the same name by “True Detective” author Nic Pizzolatto, and was written by Jim Hammett and directed by Laurent. It also stars Lili Reinhart and Beau Bridges. Tyler Davidson produced the drama with his company Low Spark Films.

In the film, Roy (Foster) is a criminal enforcer and mob hitman when he becomes involved in a double-cross scheme. He discovers Rocky (Fanning) after the crime and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. They try to find sanctuary in Galveston, hiding from his boss and their pasts.

“Elle Fanning and Ben Foster deliver powerful performances in this provoking drama,” said Mark Ward, chief acquisitions officer for RLJE Films.  “Their chemistry captures audiences on a gripping, emotional ride.  We are so proud to bring this film to the big screen.”

“Galveston” was executive produced by Jean Doumanian, Patrick Daly, Kevin Flanigan, Dexter Braff and Sean Thomas O’Brien. Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content and Cinetic.

RLJE Films plans to release “Galveston” this fall.

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