"Amazing Grace" finally can make its way to U.S theaters. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Independent distributors Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions have secured the U.S distribution rights to this slave trade-drama of Michael Apted's direction. Both companies are set to release the film on February 23 next year to mark the 200th anniversary of the British parliament's vote to abolish the slave trade.
A production of Bristol Bay Prods., "Grace" tells about the real story of William Wilberforce in his effort to end slavery at the turn of the 19th century with the help of his wife and slave trader-turned-abolitionist Rev. John Newton. Cast includes Ioan Gruffudd, Albert Finney, Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds, and Michael Gambon. Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the script with Patricia Heaton and Terrence Malick seating as producers.
Founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. in 1979, the Samuel Goldwyn Company is known for its consistency in releasing independent features, one of them being the Academy Award-nominated "The Squid and the Whale." The company have partnered with Roadside on such films as "Super Size Me" and "Lassie" which is scheduled to open on September 1.