Sean Penn's 'The Gunman' Gets Release Date

"The Gunman"

Directed by Pierre Morel, the movie will debut in France before simultaneous releases in the U.S. and the U.K. on February 20, 2015.

LONDON -- Pierre Morel's The Gunman will shoot onto screens first in France before rolling out across theaters in the U.S. and the U.K.

The film stars Sean Penn as a former special forces soldier and military contractor suffering from post-traumatic stress who tries to get back with his long-time love but first has to clear his name in a race across Europe.

The film also stars Javier BardemIdris ElbaRay WinstoneMark Rylance and Jasmine Trinca.

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French giant Studiocanal, which has the movie in multiple territories and sold the title during the Marche du Film, will debut it first on Feb. 18 in France, then Australia and New Zealand on Feb. 19.

It will time its U.K. rollout with the U.S. Feb. 20 date before opening in Germany a week later, on Feb. 26.