Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North and South American rights from The Works International to Sarah Gavron's London-set immigrant romance Brick Lane.

Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik, Christopher Simpson, Harvey Virdi and Zafreen star in the tale of a Bangladeshi woman who struggles after she comes to London to be in an arranged marriage.

The film is based on Monica Ali's novel that was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize. Abi Morgan adapted the screenplay with Laura Jones.

'We could not be more pleased about being in business with these producers and this director,' Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement.

'We have been following with great interest Sarah Gavron for some time. The screenplay is a terrific adaptation of a truly formidable novel. And in the current marketplace, a large audience is out there hungering for satisfying romantic dramas centering on political and intercultural family turmoil. We are confident this is one of those pictures.'

'We are thrilled to be involved in Sarah Gavron's feature debut and we all think that Sony Pictures Classics is the perfect home for this film, given their track record for supporting fresh and exciting new talent,' Joy Wong of The Works International said.

Wong negotiated the sale with Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner from Sony Pictures Classics.

The Ruby Films production is produced by Alison Owen and Christopher Collins and presented by Film4 Four, Ingenious and the UK Film Council.