Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV have acquired North American distribution rights to Lying and Stealing, the Matt Aselton-directed crime drama starring Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski. A second-quarter 2019 day-and-date release is planned after a one-month exclusive bow on the satellite service.
The deal comes as Vertical’s Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector are at the Sundance Film Festival seeking out pics for the company’s 2019 slate. They negotiated the Lying and Stealing deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Voltage Pictures is selling international rights.
In the Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment pic, James plays Ivan, a thief whose specialty is stealing high-end art from the Los Angeles elite. Business is good, but he wants out. Elyse (Ratajkowski) is an aspiring actress with a closet full of skeletons and a mountain of debt. Soon the two clever grifters decide to team for one last, big daring heist. Aselton co-wrote the script with Adam Nagata and produced with Mohamed AlRafi, Michael Costigan and Naomi Despres. James, Christopher Tricarico and Lisa Wolofsky are executive producers.
“Lying and Stealing is an extremely well-crafted heist thriller with two magnetic lead performances from Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski,” Vertical president Rich Goldberg said. “The film had us on the edge of our seats throughout and we can’t wait for audiences to experience it for themselves soon.”