UK-distributor Optimum Releasing, has struck a multi-picture deal with Joel Silver's Dark Castle (which already has a relationship with Optimum parent Studio Canal).

The first title in the deal will be Dominic Sena's action thriller Whiteout. Based on the graphic novel, Kate Beckinsale stars in the story of a US marshall alone in Antarctica who has to investigate the continent's first murder.

Optimum's previous pick-ups of Cannes titles include Steven Soderbergh's two Che films, Matteo Garrone's Gomorra and Emir Kusturica's Maradona documentary.

The company's other forthcoming releases include Berlinale winner Elite Squad, Shane Meadows' Somerstown, Sundance hit doc American Teen, and the now-shoooting political satire In The Loop by Armando Iannucci starring James Gandolfini.