Elle Fanning and Ben Foster star in director Mélanie Laurent’s drama, ‘Galveston.’

RLJE Films is entering ‘Galveston,’ as the distribution company has acquired all U.S. rights to the drama. The company plans to release the movie in theaters this fall, after it premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, and has just been announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

‘Galveston’ is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by ‘True Detective’ creator Nic Pizzolatto. The movie was directed by Mélanie Laurent (‘Breathe’), and written by Jim Hammett. The drama stars Ben Foster (‘Hell or High Water‘), Elle Fanning (‘The Beguiled’), Lili Reinhart (‘Riverdale’) and Beau Bridges (‘Homeland’). Tyler Davidson (‘Take Shelter’) produced the movie, with his company Low Spark Films providing sole financing and production services.

“Elle Fanning and Ben Foster deliver powerful performances in this provoking drama,” said Mark Ward, the Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films. “Their chemistry captures audiences on a gripping, emotional ride. We are so proud to bring this film to the big screen.” Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Endeavor Content and Cinetic, on behalf of the filmmakers.

Set in the title Texas city, ‘Galveston’ follows Roy (Foster), a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky (Fanning), a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them, while also trying to out-run the demons from his and Rocky’s pasts.

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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