Metrodome has taken UK and Irish rights to John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole, starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

The film previously sold to the US by Lionsgate, after its world premiere in Toronto.

Metrodome’s Head of Acquisitions & Production James Brown and Head of Business Affairs Kate Edwards negotiated the deal with Brian O’Shea at Affinity International.

Metrodome plans a theatrical launch in early February 2011, and plans a “full-scale BAFTA campaign.”

Nicole Kidman and Per Saari’ Blossom Films produced with Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures, and Gigi Pritzger of OddLot Entertainment.

Rabbit Hole is based on the Pulitzer-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, who also wrote the screenplay. The story is about a husband and wife trying to save their marriage after the loss of a child.

Jezz Vernon, head of distribution for Metrodome, said: “This is a film that Metrodome has been very passionate about from the first time that we saw it. Rabbit Hole is simply an outstanding piece of cinema, and we are confident that it will receive the awards attention that it so richly deserves.”

Saari added: “Metrodome is simply the perfect fit for Rabbit Hole - we couldn’t be more pleased with the partnership.”