Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US rights to Uncommon Productions' American Violet starring Alfre Woodard and newcomer Nicole Beharie following its world premiere at Telluride.

Director and producer Tim Disney and his screenwriter and Uncommon Productions partner Bill Haney are meeting with international buyers at AFM.

Samuel Goldwyn plans a March release on the story of a 24-year-old African-American single mother in Texas who fights for her name after she is wrongly accused on drugs charges. Michael O'Keefe, Charles Dutton, Will Patton and Tim Blake Nelson round out the cast.

'We feel privileged to be releasing such a chilling yet, inspired story of courage and self respect,' Samuel Goldwyn Films president Meyer Gottlieb said. 'Audiences will find that it has the emotional impact of Norma Rae and Erin Brockovich.'

Vice president of acquisitions Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal with executive producer Peter Newman and M J Peckos for Uncommon Productions.