Ballpark Film Distributors has acquired UK rights to comedy Mariachi Gringo and is planning a theatrical launch on May 30.

The film tells the story of a lost American finding his true calling as a Mariachi player in Mexico. Shawn Ashmore (X-Men) spent six months learning to sing in the Spanish language and play guitar for the role. Martha Higardo, Lila Downs, Fernando Becerril and Kate Burton co-star.

The film is directed by Tom Gustafson from a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg, and produced by Speak Productions and Sinsentido.

Mariachi Gringo has won awards at Mexico’s Guadalajara Film Festival, taking Best Film and Best Actress for Higardo.

Director Tom Gustafson said: “Most movies about Mexico address the issue of drugs, illegal immigrants and others. This movie is actually a celebration of music, culture and Mexican food. It is a unique perspective because it also addresses immigration, but in reverse, something we also never see.”

Ballpark’s Mark Thomas said: “If you thought you knew Shawn Ashmore, think again. Mariachi Gringo provides his true alter ego. We’re thrilled to be bringing to UK audiences.”