The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival will open with the world premiere of The Lookout, written and directed by Scott Frank, who was Oscar nominated for his Out Of Sight screenplay.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Isla Fisher, Matthew Goode and Jeff Daniels star in the story of a man with a physical debilitation who becomes involved in a bank heist.

After its March 9 premiere at Austin, Texas' Paramount Theater during the festival, Miramax will release the film in the US on March 23.

'We've been big fans of Scott Frank's screenwriting for years, so it's a true pleasure to launch his impressive and gripping debut as a director,' said SXSW Film Festival producer Matt Dentler. 'The Lookout is the kind of film that packs a punch and should get audiences excited for the films that will be unveiled at this year's festival.'

The festival announced early selections for its line-up including Dollan Cannell's 638 Ways To Kill Castro, Jonathan King's Black Sheep, Joe Swanberg's Hannah Takes The Stairs, Lauren Lazin's The Last Days Of Left Eye, Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine's Manufacturing Dissent, Alan Cumming's Suffering Man's Charity and Rob Vanalkemade's What Would Jesus Buy'.

The full programme for the March 9-17 festival will be announced in February.