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‘The Bronze’ Lands Release Date From Sony Pictures Classics

Melissa Rauch stars in the raunchy gymnastics comedy, which will handspring into theaters in March

Sony Pictures Classics will release Bryan Buckley‘s raunchy comedy “The Bronze” in select cities starting March 18, 2016 — 14 months after its Sundance debut.

The film was acquired by Relativity out of Sundance but became an unfortunate victim of the circumstances when Ryan Kavanaugh’s company was forced to file bankruptcy. Sony Classics came to the rescue to give the well-received film a proper release.

Melissa Rauch of “The Big Bang Theory” stars alongside Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson and Cecily Strong.

Buckley directed from a script that Rauch co-wrote with her husband, Winston Rauch. The film was produced by Stephanie Langhoff of Duplass Brothers Production, whose Mark and Jay Duplass executive produced with the Rauches, Buckley and Michael C. Cuddy.

A decade ago, Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) was America’s sweetheart. Her inspired performance on a ruptured Achilles at the world’s most prestigious gymnastics tournament clinched an unlikely bronze medal for the U.S. team and brought glory to her hometown of Amherst, Ohio. But in the years since that epic third place victory, Hope hasn’t done a whole lot with her life. Still living in her dad’s (Cole) basement and sporting her daily uniform of a Team USA gym suit with teeny-bopper bangs, ponytail and scrunchie, she spends her days at the mall milking her minor celebrity for free food and favors.

Hope’s routine is upended when she learns that she must coach Amherst’s newest gymnastics prodigy Maggie (Richardson) in order to receive a sizable financial inheritance. The hard-edged yet insecure Hope is faced with a serious dilemma: does she jeopardize her “hometown hero” status by devotedly training this rising star to achieve the dreams she never could? Or does she attempt to sabotage the impressionable Maggie to ensure that she remains the one and only star in Amherst?

“The Bronze” will open against “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” the faith-based film “Miracles From Heaven,” Jeff Nichols‘ sci-fi movie “Midnight Special,” the animated film “The Little Prince” and A24’s specialty title “Krisha.”