Sean Baker

Source: Locarno Festival / Samuel Golay

Sean Baker

A24 has acquired North American rights to Sean Baker’s Red Rocket from FilmNation.

The film stars Simon Rex, Bree Elrod and Suzanna Son and centres on Mikey Saber, a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown where his estranged wife and mother-in-law live.

A chance encounter with a worker in a local store pulls Mikey back into his former life.

Baker co-wrote the film with frequent collaborator Chris Bergoch, and serves as produced with Alex Coco, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks, and Shih-Ching Tsou. Jackie Shenoo is executive producer.

FilmNation holds global rights to Red Rocket, which shot last year during the pandemic and is currently in post.

A24 released Baker’s last film, The Florida Project.