IFC Films has acquired from Myriad Pictures the U.S. distribution rights to director Nathan Morlando’s elegant bank robber action/drama Edwin Boyd, starring Scott Speedman (Underworld, Barney’s Version, Good Neighbours), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Me and Orson Welles ), Kevin Durand (Real Steel, Legion) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, X-Men 2).

Based on true events, Speedman plays title character Edwin Boyd, one of Canada’s most notorious bank robbers, who became famous and a pop-culture hero for his charm, good looks and ability to elude the police and break out of jail.

The film is produced by Allison Black, Morlando’s partner in their company euclid 431 pictures. Myriad Picture’s CEO Kirk D’Amico (Margin Call) and Daniel Iron (Away From Her) are Executive Producers. The deal was negotiated by D’Amico, Cassian Elwes, and Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Production, for Sundance Selects/IFC Films.

Edwin Boyd had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won “Best Canadian First Feature” after receiving excellent reviews and numerous accolades for Morlando’s craft and Scott Speedman’s performance. Piers Handling presented Morlando with his trophy at the closing ceremonies. E1 is the Canadian distributor.

Myriad is distributing the film in the rest of the world and is screening Edwin Boyd at the American Film Market next week.