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Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski Thriller ‘Lying and Stealing’ Acquired by Vertical and DirecTV

Theatrical release planned for Q2 this year

Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV have acquired the North American distribution rights to Matt Aselton’s “Lying and Stealing,” a crime drama starring Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski, the companies announced Friday.

The theatrical release planned for the sceond quarter this year. Voltage Pictures is selling international rights.

“Lying and Stealing,” is an extremely well-crafted heist thriller with two magnetic lead performances from Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski” said Vertical President Rich Goldberg. “The film had us on the edge of our seats throughout and we can’t wait for audiences to experience it for themselves soon.”

The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector at Vertical and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

The film was directed by Matt Aselton, written by Matt Aselton and Adam Nagata, produced by Mohamed AlRafi, Michael Costigan, Naomi Despres and Matt Aselton, executive produced by Theo James, Christopher Tricarico, and Lisa Wolofsky, co-produced by Sonya Lunsford, with cinematography by Corey Walter, edited by Geoff Hounsell, production design by David Batchelor Wilson, costume design by Natalie O’Brien, and music by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli. The film was produced by Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment.

James is represented by WME and Shelter PR. Ratajkowski is represented by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Rogers & Cowan. Aselton is represented by UTA and Management 360.

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