A world premiere at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Dennis Lee’s Jesus Henry Christ will open in U.S. and Canadian theaters this spring. Entertainment One (eOne) picked up North American rights in all media from Red Om Films. The feature stars Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) and Michael Sheen (The Queen) in a modern family comedy that revolves around misfit 10-year-old boy genius Henry James Herman who is kicked out of school (Jason Spevack) and his fervently left-wing single mother (Collette). Meanwhile, 12-year-old Audrey (Samantha Weinstein) has her own problems because of her single university professor father (Sheen), who used her as the test subject for his best-selling book Born Gay or Made that Way? When Henry scores a scholarship to the university as a child prodigy, the two families cross paths.
Julia Roberts and Deepak Nayar executive produced. Producers are Phil Rose, Lisa Gillan and Sukee Chew. Financed by Reliance Entertainment, CAA packaged the film and negotiated the deal with eOne. Worldwide rights for the film are being handled by IM Global. Jesus Henry Christ is eOne’s fifth theatrical acquisition for the US since the company’s expansion of its North American operations.
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