Bleecker Street has staked out a July 8 release date for Captain Fantastic, its Sundance drama starring Viggo Mortensen. He plays a father in the forests of the Pacific Northwest who is raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. Forced to leave his home and enter the world, he begins a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent. The concept of playing a dad facing trying circumstances is nothing new for Mortensen, who also starred in A History Of Violence and The Road.

The film comes from actor-turned-writer/director Matt Ross and also stars Frank Langella, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Charlie Shotwell, and Shree Crooks. It was produced by Lynette Howell Taylor, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson.

Bleecker StreetSaid Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen, “Seeing the reaction to the film at Sundance, including three standing ovations at the Eccles, we knew this film had to play in the summertime when audiences are looking for this kind of crowd-pleaser.”

Bleecker Street has a horse in the Oscar race with Bryan Cranston’s Lead Actor nomination for Trumbo. It also partnered with Netflix to distribute Beasts Of No Nation, for which Idris Elba scored a SAG Award last month.

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