'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' to Close London Film Festival

Frances McDormand in 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Martin McDonagh's darkly comic third feature after 'In Bruges' and 'Seven Psychopaths' will have its U.K. premiere on Oct. 15.

This year's BFI London Film Festival has a closing-night film. 

With an opener already announced in Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe, and Battle of the Sexes getting a gala screening, Martin McDonagh's black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been revealed as the curtain closer.

The film — starring Frances McDormand as a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, alongside Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish and Peter Dinklage — will have its U.K. premiere on Oct. 15 at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, with McDonagh, McDormand and Rockwell expected to attend. 

"I'm excited to bring this film back to my home town for its U.K. premiere," said McDonagh in a statement. "I'm more than proud of it and if there are any fans of In Bruges still out there, I don't think they'll be disappointed."

Added festival director Clare Stewart: "By turns riotously funny and deeply sobering, this all-too-relevant film confronts division and conflict in small-town America and is driven by a blistering performance from Frances McDormand."

Three Billboards — a Blueprint Pictures production backed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Film4 — will have its world premiere in Toronto and is set for release in the U.S. on Nov. 10; 20th Century Fox will release the film in the U.K. on Jan. 12, 2018. 

The London Film Festival is set to run Oct. 4-15. The full program is scheduled to be unveiled next week.