John Michael McDonagh’s Sundance favorite The Guard has found a home. According to a press announcement Sony Pictures Classics have acquired the U.S. and Latin American rights for the film that stars Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle (be sure to check out ScreenCrave’s review of the film).

The Guard centers on an unorthodox Irish policeman (Gleeson) who joins forces with a straitlaced FBI agent, played by Don Cheadle, to take on an international drug-smuggling gang. That sounds like a recipe for unnecessary roughness — and we like it.

The film also stars Liam Cunningham, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Mark Strong, Fionnula Flanagan and Dominique McElligott, Sarah Greene, Slovenian newcomer Katarina Cas, Pat Shortt and Darren Healy.

There has to be a conspiracy surrounding Mark Strong. That man is in everything. The only thing that would make his casting more predictable is if he plays a villain. If he’s a bad guy in this movie, we official throw our hands to the sky on the matter.

On a side note, The Guard is also produced by Cheadle and Martin McDonagh who worked with Gleeson on In Bruges. Everybody’s connected here.

What do you think of Sony picking up The Guard? Have you seen the film? What did you think?

Source: Coming Soon