Sony Pictures Classics has scheduled Bryan Buckley’s comedy-drama The Bronze to open March 18 in select cities. The film made its premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, landing a $3M pickup with Relativity. Co-written by The Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rauch and her husband Winston Rauch, The Bronze originally was slated to open in October but was pushed back amid Relativity’s bankruptcy proceedings. The title landed on the excluded-asset list from the Chapter 11 sale with SPC stepping in to scoop up The Bronze back in September after terminating Relativity’s rights.
The film follows Ann Greggory (Rauch), a once-glorious bronze-medal-winning Team USA gymnast Hope who has fallen into a has-been rut 10 years later, living in her father Stan’s (Gary Cole) basement and milking her celebrity at the mall for free food and favors. Fate turns when she coaches Amherst’s newest gymnastics prodigy Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson) for a sizable financial inheritance. However, Hope’s ego becomes conflicted as the opportunity could force her to give up her “hometown hero” status.
The Bronze also stars Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan and Cecily Strong. The pic is produced by Stephanie Langhoff of Duplass Brothers Productions with the Rauches, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Buckley and Michael C. Cuddy exec producing.
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