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Sundance: A24 Picks Up ‘Mississippi Grind’ With Ryan Reynolds

A24 has secured distribution rights to gambling drama “Mississippi Grind,” Variety has confirmed.

The film is the latest collaboration from “Half Nelson” directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and offers another look at people struggling on the edges of society. Ryan Reynolds stars as a charismatic drifter who forms an unlikely bond with a down-on-his-luck gambler played by Ben Mendelsohn. Sienna Miller co-stars as Reynolds’ sometime girlfriend.

The picture debuted to a warm response at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In a review in Variety, critic Justin Chang said the film’s commercial prospects are limited, though he liked the picture.

“The moody, measured intelligence and exceptional skill with actors long evinced by filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (‘Half Nelson,’ ‘Sugar’) once again serves them well in ‘Mississippi Grind,’ a bittersweet, beautifully textured road movie that plays like a conscious throwback to the lost souls and open highways of 1970s American cinema,” wrote Chang.

WME Global sold the picture. A24 will release in conjunction with DirecTV.

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