Sundance: Julius Onah Thriller 'Luce' Goes to Neon, Topic

'Cloverfield Paradox' director Julia Onah is behind the feature, which stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer and Tim Roth.

Neon and Topic Studios have picked up domestic rights to the thriller Luce, starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.

The Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition title, from director Julia Onah (Cloverfield Paradox), follows parents Amy and Peter (Watts and Tim Roth) as they reckon with the image they have of their son Luce (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after a devoted teacher (Spencer) make an alarming discovery in his locker. 

Onah co-wrote the feature with JC Lee, who wrote the original play on which the film is based. John Baker, Andrew Yang and Onah produced. Rob Feng, Amber Wang and Lee executive produced.

"It’s been a real thrill premiering Luce at Sundance," Onah said Wednesday in a statement. "After hearing Neon’s passion and excitement for the film, I know there is no better partner. [Neon co-founder] Tom Quinn and his entire team have shown a clear vision for Luce with great enthusiasm. I look forward to continuing the journey of this film with Neon and Topic Studios as we share this story and the amazing performances of my cast with the world.”

CAA Media Finance and Endeavor Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Luce is the fourth festival pickup for Neon, which has also acquired the horror comedy Little Monsters, starring Lupita Nyong'o; the survival thriller Monos; and the horror pic The Lodge.