IFC Films acquires U.S. rights to Dave Franco‘s directorial debut, “The Rental.” The thriller, written by Franco and Joe Swanberg, is releasing on July 24.
The official synopsis from IFC Films:
In THE RENTAL, two couples embark on a weekend getaway to a seemingly perfect house they’ve booked online. But what begins as a celebratory weekend for the four close friends turns into something far more sinister as secrets they’ve kept from each other are exposed and they realize they may not be alone.
“The Rental” stars Alison Brie (“Glow,” “Horse Girl,” “Promising Young Woman”), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey,” “Call of the Wild”), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless) and Sheila Vand (“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” “Snowpiercer”).
Franco expresses his joy teaming with IFC Films in a statement:
“I’ve admired the IFC brand and their films for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with them for my directorial debut. They have such a strong track record when it comes to elevated genre films, which makes them the perfect home for THE RENTAL.”
Most of the casting came together in March of 2019, with Brie and Stevens joining the project. Shooting on the film began in April of 2019 in Oregon. Black Bear Pictures produces and finances the film. Michael Heimler and Sean Durkin are serving as executive producers.
Franco steps behind the camera after spending most of his career on the other side. His notable onscreen credits include “Neighbors,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Now You See Me.” His supporting roles in film include “The Little Hours,” “The Disaster Artist” and in Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
IFC Films is releasing “The Rental” on July 24 nationwide.