In the latest big pickup at the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to John Michael McDonagh’s dark religious comedy “Calvary,” starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd.
The film reunites writer-director McDonagh with his “The Guard” star Gleeson, who plays an idealistic priest named James who is troubled by increasingly scary encounters with a mysterious member of his parish. O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids,” “The IT Crowd”) plays a local who helps James where he can.
“Calvary” was produced by Reprisal Films” Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo and Octagon’s James Flynn
“Brendan Gleeson gives a tour de force performance in a film that John Michael McDonagh has written and directed with perfection, taking us into a world with distinctive characters where the stakes are high,” added Fox Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley.
“Calvary” also stars Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze and Domhnall Gleeson.
The film will be released sometime in 2014.