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Grindstone Takes North American Rights to ‘Mercury Plains’

LONDON — Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American distribution rights to action-thriller “Mercury Plains,” starring Scott Eastwood (“Fury,” “The Longest Ride,” “Suicide Squad”), with distribution to be handled by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The film, which also stars Nick Chinlund (“Con Air,” “Training Day,” “The Chronicles of Riddick”) and Angela Sarafyan (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” “The Immigrant,” “Paranoia”), sees a young man run away to Mexico, where he is recruited by the captain of a group of teens who fight drug cartels. Isolated at the desert camp and unsure what he is really fighting for, he proves himself by becoming the captain’s top soldier. As the Mexican police close in, he realizes that his only way out is to escape back to America. But first he must outwit the captain.

The film is directed and written by Charles Burmeister (“Columbus Day,” “Interview,” “Motion Detector”) and produced by Houston Hill (“Virgin Alexander,” “The Devil’s Punchbowl”) and Eric Watson (“Requiem for a Dream,” “The Fountain”).

The deal was struck between London-based Carnaby International’s director of international sales, Tania Sarra, and Grindstone’s head of acquisitions, Stan Wertlieb.

“Thematically, ‘Mercury Plains’ is incredibly current in light of the criminal drug cartels activities in Mexico and the United States. Scott Eastwood continues to shine as a real star on the rise,” said Wertlieb.

Sarra said: “The hard hitting and compelling storylines have a universal appeal, which will resonate with audiences around the world.”

Carnaby International, which is handling worldwide sales, will screen extended promo footage from “Mercury Plains” with buyers at this week’s Toronto Film Festival. It will have its industry world premiere at AFM in November.

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