Relativity Media has announced that they now have the U.S. distribution rights to “Haywire”, directed by “Traffic” director Steven Soderbergh. The film is set to have a wide release January 20, 2012.

“Haywire” was originally going to be released through Lionsgate until Relativity created its own distribution arm. Lionsgate Mandate International, however, will be over foreign rights.

The film marks the film debut of mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano (“American Gladiators”), who also performs her own stunts in the film. “Haywire” also stars Channing Tatum (“GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra”), Ewan McGregor (“The Ghost Writer”), Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class”), Antonio Banderas (“Desperado”), Bill Paxton (“Titanic”), Michael Douglas (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’) and Michael Angarano (“Almost Famous”).

“We are honored to be working with Steven Soderbergh on this project,” said Tucker Tooley, Relativity’s president of worldwide production. “This film is full of amazing action sequences, and with a sophistication only Soderbergh can deliver. We’re very excited to add our picture to Relativity’s 2012 slate. We’re looking forward to working with our partners at Lionsgate on the release internationally.”

Here’s the official synopsis of the film:

In Haywire, an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal, a female covert ops specialist (Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency. The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs (Ocean’s Trilogy) and written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey).

Ewan McGregor and Ggina Carano in Haywire

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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