Dax Shepard pic joins trio out on Aug. 24

Open Road Films has dated its first summer pic, the Dax Shepard romantic action-comedy “Outrun,” for Aug. 24.

Pic, which Shepard wrote and co-directed with David Palmer, follows an ex-getaway driver (Shepard) who, after agreeing to drive his girlfriend to Los Angeles, is confronted by the authorities and his former gang.

Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges and Kristin Chenoweth co-star. Producers are Andrew Panay, Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip and Jim Casey.

Open Road, whose only release so far, “Killer Elite,” has cumed a modest $25 million this year, acquired U.S. rights to “Outrun” last month.

“Outrun” is the fourth mostly male-targeted pic due out on Aug. 24, along with Warner Bros.’ suspense thriller “The Apparition,” with Ashley Greene and Tom Felton, Sony’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt-actioner “Premium Rush” and Ethan Hawke-starrer “Sinister.”

Late August B.O. has become primo real-estate for some pics — typically gender-specific titles like this year’s femme hit “The Help” and male-driven “The Expendables” in 2010.

Open Road’s next release, Liam Neeson survival pic “The Grey,” bows on Jan. 27, followed by horror film “Silent House” on March 9.

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