According to Deadline, Sony Pictures Classics has successfully acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights to Studiocanal’s forthcoming mystery comedy Wicked Little Letters. The film had its world premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival, and is currently slated for a 2024 release.

“We are thrilled to partner with SPC on Wicked Little Letters, and closely following the fantastic reception in TIFF. We know that SPC is the ideal partner to bring this very special movie to audiences in North America next year,” Studiocanal executive Chloe Marquet said in a statement.

What is Wicked Little Letters about?

“A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark and absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy,” reads the synopsis. “The film follows two neighbours: deeply conservative local Edith Swan and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding. When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime. The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town’s women – led by Police Officer Gladys Moss – begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss, and Rose may not be the culprit after all.”

Based on a true story, Wicked Little Letters is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay written by Jonny Sweet. The film stars Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Timothy Spall, Anjana Vasan, Alisha Weir, Gemma Jones, Lolly Adefope, Jason Watkins, Eileen Atkins, Hugh Skinner, Malachi Kirby and more.

The film is executive produced by Jo Wallett, Ron Halpern, Anna Marsh, Joe Naftalin, Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden, Farhana Bhula, Jonny Sweet and Simon Bird. It hails from Blueprint Pictures and South of the River Pictures.

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