EXCLUSIVE: Nick Jonas defies his pop heartthrob persona to pull in a bravura performance in the Andrew Neel-directed Goat. Paramount Home Video acquired worldwide rights out of Sundance, where the film played well with the Park City crowd. Watch an exclusive clip above.

Goat will get a day-and-date VOD release, and Viacom sibling MTV will get the first TV window. There will be a separate partner to handle the theatrical rollout. CAA made the deal.

Neel, David Gordon Green and Mike Roberts wrote the script based on Brad Land’s memoir. The plot centers on a 19-year-old reeling from a terrifying assault who enrolls in the same college as his brother and pledges his fraternity. As the hazing escalates in the name of “brotherhood,” his loyalty to his real brother is tested. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, James Franco and Vince Jolivette are producers, and Robert Halmi Jr., John Wells and Jim Reeve are executive producers.

Goat screens in Panorama in Berlin.