Ryan Reynolds' 'Mississippi Grind' to Get DirecTV Release Ahead of Theatrical Debut

'Mississippi Grind'

A24 acquired U.S. rights to the Ryan Reynolds-led drama Mississippi Grind in partnership with DirecTV

The gambling road movie also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller and Analeigh Tipton.

The Ryan Reynolds starrer Mississippi Grind is bowing exclusively on DirecTV Cinema, beginning now through Sept. 23.

The film, which A24 will release Sept. 25, is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and also stars Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies), Robin Weigert (Sons of Anarchy) and Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave).

By bowing six weeks ahead of its theatrical release, Mississippi Grind eclipses the previous 30-day window on A24-DirecTV movies. A24 and DirecTV formed a partnership to release films exclusively on DirecTV during a 30-day window prior to their theatrical debut.

Dubbed a road movie, the film centers on Gerry (Mendelsohn), a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler. His fortune begins to change when he meets Curtis (Reynolds), a younger, charismatic poker player. The two strike an immediate friendship. Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to join him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. As they make their way down the Mississippi River, Gerry and Curtis find themselves in just about every bar, racetrack, casino and pool hall. They experience incredible highs and dispiriting lows, ultimately forging a deep and genuine bond that will stay with them long after their adventure ends.

"Mississippi Grind has exceptional lead performances, complexity and humor; this drama is one of this year’s must-see movies," said Hanny Patel, senior director for digital and emerging markets at DirecTV, now part of AT&T.

Mississippi Grind is available for 72-hour rental, in 1080p HD (Blu-ray format) for $12.99 and in standard-definition (SD) for $11.99. DirecTV Cinema is a premium pay-per-view movie service for DirecTV that brings customers exclusive access to new releases before they’re in theaters. It includes a library with thousands of movies to watch instantly with DirecTV On Demand.

Films released to date through the A24-DirecTV deal include Enemy, Life After Beth, Revenge of the Green Dragons, The Captive, Son of a Gun, Cut Bank, Slow West, Barely Lethal and Dark Places.