The Weinstein Company Acquires ‘The Sapphires’ with Chris O’Dowd

The Australian film centers on an Aboriginal girl group that performs in Vietnam

The Weinstein Company has acquired rights from Goalpost Film to the Australian film "The Sapphires," the studio said Tuesday.

The deal  includes most worldwide rights, with the exception of the U.K, and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, Israel, Portugal and airlines.

The movie is directed by acclaimed Aboriginal actor and theater director Wayne Blair, and stars Chris O'Dowd (pictured left), who is best known for playing the traffic cop love interest of Kristen Wiig in last summer's "Bridesmaids." 

Inspired by a true story, the film follows four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Think of it as a cross between "The Deer Hunter" and "Dreamgirls." 

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O’Dowd will play a talent scout who discovers and nurtures the group during their rise to stardom. 

The film has been chosen as an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival. It will screen on May 19 at the seaside festival.

“These girls light up the screen as much as their music lights up the stage. We’re thrilled to bring the stories and music from these sisters to audiences all over the world," The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.