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Searchlight Pictures has set summer release dates for “Fire Island,” “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” and “Not Okay.”

All three films will stream exclusively as Hulu Originals in the U.S., with “Fire Island” and “Not Okay” streaming internationally on Disney Plus as Star Originals.

First out of the gate is Andrew Ahn’s “Fire Island,” which will launch on June 3. Set and shot on location in the iconic Fire Island Pines, the movie is an unapologetic modern day rom-com inspired by Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Written by and starring Joel Kim Booster, the story centers around two best friends who set out to have a legendary week-long summer vacation with the help of cheap rosé and a cadre of eclectic friends.

 

 

“Fire Island” features an epic ensemble with Bowen Yang, Margaret Cho, Conrad Ricamora, James Scully, Matt Rogers, Tomas Matos, Torian Miller, Nick Adams, Zane Phillips, Michael Graceffa, Peter Smith and Bradley Gibson. The film is produced by Tony Hernandez, John Hodges and Brooke Posch of JAX Media.

 

 

Starring Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack, “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” will be released on June 17. Directed by Sophie Hyde and penned by Katy Brand, the film debuted at Sundance to rave reviews. It follows a retired schoolteacher named Nancy Stokes (Thompson) who is yearning for some adventure, which involves hiring a young sex worker named Leo Grande (McCormack). “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” is produced by Debbie Gray and Adrian Politowski.

“Not Okay” will be released on Aug. 5. Directed and written by Quinn Shephard, the film stars Zoey Deutch, Dylan O’Brien, Mia Isaac, Embeth Davidtz, Nadia Alexander, Tia Dionne Hodge, Negin Farsad, Karan Soni and Dash Perry.

The logline explains: “Deutch stars as Danni, an aimless aspiring writer with no friends, no romantic prospects and — worst of all — no followers, who fakes an Instagram-friendly trip to Paris in the hopes of boosting her social media clout. When a terrifying incident strikes the City of Lights, Danni unwittingly falls into a lie bigger than she ever imagined. She “returns” a hero, even striking up an unlikely friendship with Rowan (Isaac), a school-shooting survivor dedicated to societal change, and scooping up the man of her dreams Colin (O’Brien). As an influencer and advocate, Danni finally has the life and audience she always wanted. But it’s only a matter of time before the facade cracks, and she learns the hard way that the Internet loves a takedown.”

Brad Weston, Negin Salmasi and Caroline Jaczko produced the picture, shot on location in Brooklyn.

Searchlight also recently dated Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin,” starring Colin Farrell, Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon. The film is set for a limited theatrical release on Oct. 21, 2022.

Pictured above, clockwise from left to right: scenes from “Fire Island,” “Not Okay” and “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.”

Source: Variety