Drama starring Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Emma Roberts set for spring 2012 release.

Entertainment One has picked up all US rights to writer-director Dustin Lance Black’s (J Edgar, Milk) drama Virginia, starring Jennifer Connelly, Emma Roberts and Ed Harris.

Virginia explores the relationship between a mentally ill mother (Connelly) and a married Mormon sheriff (Harris) who may be the father of her son.

Based on Black’s own childhood experiences growing up Mormon in the South, Virginia’s first cut premiered in Toronto. Entertainment One will release in US and Canada in Spring 2012. Worldwide rights are handled by Inferno Entertainment.

“We’re excited to add Virginia to our 2012 slate and thrilled to have found a film that complements both our Canadian and US line-ups so well,” said Dylan Wiley, vp, theatrical marketing and distribution, eOne Films US.“Since our recent expansion, our US theatrical team has been actively seeking quality independent films with premium talent to bring to the US market. Dustin Lance Black has a unique style and a proven gift for captivating audiences and thus Virginia certainly fits our mandate,” Wiley continued.