Optimum takes 'Larry Crowne' for U.K.

Among a number of other acquisitions

LONDON -- The Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts comedy drama "Larry Crowne," directed by Hanks, has been picked up by the Studio Canal-owned U.K. distributor Optimum Releasing for its British cinema outing.

The title, about a middle-aged man re-inventing himself by going back to college, has been secured by Optimum through the company's ongoing deal with U.S. production banner Vendome Pictures. Universal has U.S. rights to the title.

Optimum has also snapped up U.K. rights to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful," starring Javier Bardem in a deal through CAA.

Francois Ozon's comedy "Potiche," starring Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini is also on Optimum's release alongside Romain Gavras' debut feature "Our Day Will Come" starring Vincent Cassel and Eric Neve. Deals were struck with Wild Bunch and TF1 International respectively.

David Michod's Sundance entry "Animal Kingdom," will also unspool to U.K. audiences via Optimum in a deal for the Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce-starrer with E1 International.