Ben Barnes stars in comedy

ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media have acquired North American distribution to the comedy “Killing Bono” and plan a video-on-demand release in October and a theatrical launch in November.

The companies made the announcement Thursday.

Pic’s based on the story of Irish rocker Neil McCormick memoir “Killing Bono: I am Bono’s Doppelganger,” which details efforts by McCormick and his younger brother to become rock stars but can only look on as their school friends form U2 and become hugely successful. “Bono” had its North American premiere at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival.

“Bono” is directed by Nick Hamm and stars Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Krysten Ritter and Martin McCann. It features the final film performance of the late Pete Postlethwaite.

“Bono” was written by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Simon Maxwell. The film was produced by Hamm, Ian Flooks, Mark Huffam, Piers Tempest and co-produced by Isibeal Ballance.

ARC and XLrator Media have previously partnered on “Ironclad,” “The Ward,” “Bunraku” and the documentary “Knuckle.”

Deal was negotiated by Gordon and Samantha Horley from Salt Company International and Alexis Garcia from WME Global, representing the filmmakers.

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