A24 and Sean Baker are reuniting, as the studio has acquired North American distribution rights to his latest project, Red Rocket. FilmNation Entertainment owns the global rights for the film.
Red Rocket will be Baker’s first film since 2017’s The Florida Project, which A24 also distributed, a collaboration that earned the film high praise and plenty of awards attention, including an Oscar nomination for supporting actor Willem Dafoe.
Simon Rex stars in the film as Mikey Saber, a past-his-prime porn star who returns to his hometown in Texas. As Baker has done in the past, he has cast the film with a mixture of professional and non-professional actors, with Bree Elrod and Suzanna Son in supporting roles.
The director co-wrote the script with Chris Bergoch, marking their fourth writing collaboration.
Upon the announcement of A24 acquiring North American rights, Baker said, “I am very excited to be reuniting with the wonderful team at A24 who will once again be bringing my film to US audiences. As a champion of the theatrical experience, I am thrilled A24 will give my film a theatrical release with their talent for bold marketing and distribution savvy. My gratitude goes out to FilmNation and the Red Rocket cast and crew for helping me bring the film to fruition.”