ARC Entertainment has wrapped its arms around all North American rights to The Squeeze, writer-director Terry Jastrow’s golf-meets-gambling thriller. Christopher McDonald stars as a notorious gambler who discovers a modest young man with uncommon golf skills (Jeremy Sumpter) in a small rural town. Seeing his potential, the gambler convinces him to abandon his dreams of winning the U.S. Open and start playing in high-stakes matches. They don’t lose, and the stakes grow higher and higher until the game becomes life or death.

Katherine LaNasa, Jillian Murray, Michael Nouri and Jason Dohring co-star in the pic, which was produced by Anne Archer, Jastrow, Brian McCormack, Michael Doven and George Parra. Simon Horsman and Milton Kim exec produced. ARC will release it day-and-date April 17 in select top markets and on premium VOD.

The Squeeze uniquely captures the riveting story of a wholesome young golfer who gets caught up in the underworld of illegal gambling,” said ARC Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta. “Terry Jastrow and the cast did a fantastic job with this film, and it will keep the audiences on the edge of their seats.” ARC’s recent releases include Field of Lost Shoes, Autumn Blood and A Little Game.