The film, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, and directed by Neil Burger, was one of the films acquired from TWC when Lantern Entertainment bought the studio out of bankruptcy back in May.
“The Upside,” a heartfelt comedy about a recently paroled ex-convict (Hart) who strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire (Cranston), was an indie darling when it premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The conversation around it as been that of a potential awards contender, making this the second contender Stx has gone after following last year’s “Molly’s Game.”
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The film is a sweet spot acquisition for STXfilms fitting the studio’s core model