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Richard Linklater’s ‘Everybody Wants Some’ to Open SXSW

South by Southwest has set the world premiere of Richard Linklater’s dramedy “Everybody Wants Some” as its opening night film on March 11 for its 23rd edition.

Everybody Wants Some” follows a group of college baseball players in ’80s Texas as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. The film stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman (who was a college baseball pitcher), Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell, Glen Powell, Will Brittain and Zoey Deutch.

The title is taken from a popular 1980 song of the same name by Van Halen. The project has been considered the follow-up to Linklater’s breakthrough 1993 film “Dazed and Confused,” which is set in a Texas high school in the ’70s.

Linklater filmed “Everybody Wants Some” in late 2014 while his film “Boyhood” was gathering momentum as an awards season contender. Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is financing. Ellison is a producer with Linklater and Ginger Sledge.

Paramount will release “Everybody Wants Some” on April 15, a few weeks after the start of the Major League Baseball season.

“We are so thrilled to premiere Richard’s latest work, which is really funny, instantly quotable, and filled will great new talent,” said Janet Pierson, head of SXSW Film. “Audiences are going to love this paean to competition and coming of age in the 80s.”

SXSW’s opening night film this year was the Russell Brand documentary “Brand: A Second Coming.” The 2014 opener was Jon Favreau’s “Chef.”

SXSW will release its feature films lineup on Feb. 2 and the rest of its lineup on Feb. 9.

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