*Distribution has been secured for the indie movie “Big Stone Gap,” which will hit U.S. theaters on Oct. 9 with stars Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson.
Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. rights to the project, which hails from Altar Identity Studios, reports The Wrap.
Set in 1978, “Big Stone Gap” tells the story of the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Judd) who lives a simple life with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that Theodore Tipton, her best friend and the high school band director will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. Ave Maria waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap, Ave Maria decides that happiness is for other people – that is, until a long-buried family secret throws her quiet life spectacularly off-course.
“Big Stone Gap” was written and directed by bestselling author Adriana Trigiani (“The Shoemakers Wife”), who adapted her own novel and makes her debut as a filmmaker.
John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony La Paglia and Jenna Elfman co-star alongside Chris Sarandon, Jasmine Guy, Judith Ivey, James Hampton, Paul Wilson, Mary Pat Gleason, Dagmara Domincyzk and Mary Testa.
Shot entirely on location in Trigiani and Wilson’s hometown in the southwest corner of Virginia (the Wilson family has had roots in Big Stone Gap for generations), the film tells the story of proud working people and their lives in a coal-mining town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains.
“We made not just a great movie, but a beautiful movie. It looks lush,” said Goldberg, who plays a character named Fleeta Mullins.