Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed the North American rights to Minhal Baig’s We Grown Now, which stars and is executive produced by Jurnee Smollett.

Baig, whose debut film Hala premiered at Sundance in 2019, brought We Grown Now to Toronto for a world debut. Domestically, Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in partnership with Stage 6 Films, while Sony Pictures Releasing International will handle the international rollout.

“I could not be more delighted to have found a home for We Grown Now with Sony Pictures Classics. We Grown Now is a film that captures the tender moments of childhood resilience and the power of human connection in the face of adversity,” said Baig in a statement.

The coming-of-age story follows Malik and Eric, best friends played by newcomers Blake Cameron James and Gian Knight Ramirez, as they face changes to their community in Chicago’s misunderstood Cabrini-Green housing complex. S. Epatha Merkerson, Smollett and Lil Rel Howery also star alongside Cameron James and Ramirez in the 1992-set drama. 

We Grown Now, also written and produced by Baig, is produced by Participant and Symbolic Exchange. Joe Pirro also produces and the executive producer credits are shared by Jeff Skoll and Anikah McLaren for Participant; James Schamus for Symbolic Exchange; and Carrie Holt de Lama and Smollett. 

The distribution deal was negotiated by SPC, Liesl Copland, executive vp, content and platform strategy; Stacey Fong, senior vp business and legal affairs, and Adam Macy, senior counsel, business and legal affairs, for Participant; and Virginia Longmuir, executive vp of business affairs for Stage 6 Films.

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