Ryan Reynolds' 'The Voices' Gets U.K. Distribution

Arrow Films has picked up the Marjane Satrapi-directed dark satire, which also stars Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver

U.K. and Irish audiences will get to sample Ryan Reynolds' brush with dark, schizophrenic satire, as distributor Arrow Films has secured the rights to black comedy The Voices.

Financial details weren't disclosed.

Directed by Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian author and filmmaker behind animation film Persepolis, The Voices stars Reynolds as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals, while Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick play the women unfortunate enough to cross his path.

The film, which was written by Michael R. Perry and sat on the Black List, premiered in Sundance in January and recently screened in Toronto. It was shot in Germany and produced by 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Mandalay Vision, Studio Babelsberg and Vertigo Entertainment.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter when the film screened at Sundance London in April, Satrapi described Reynolds as a Ferrari who so far had been used in films as if it was a Peugeot. "There's so much more there than they show of him. He can do anything, but I didn't know he was this talented, because I know him like everybody else," she said.

Arrow Films hasn't confirmed a release date but told THR it would have to wait until the U.S. release set for Valentine's Day 2015. "But maybe slightly after, as 50 Shades opens on that date," the company said.

Lionsgate has the U.S. rights
for The Voices, while Remstar acquired the film for Canada.

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