Gravitas Ventures has announced the premiere date for major new independent movie Our Friend.

Distributed in partnership with Universal Home Entertainment, the movie will premiere in theaters and PVOD in the US on January 22, 2021.

The heartfelt and moving dramedy stars Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck, and had its world premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Based on Matthew Teague’s award-winning autobiographical essay published in Esquire Magazine, Our Friend tells the extraordinary true story of Nicole (Dakota Johnson) and Matthew Teague (Casey Affleck). After receiving life-altering news, the couple find unexpected support from their best friend, Dane (Jason Segel), who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater – and more profound – than anyone could have imagined.

Our Friend stars Jason Segel (The End of the Tour, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Dakota Johnson (The Peanut Butter Falcon, 50 Shades of Grey) and Academy Award® winner Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea, The Old Man & the Gun). Additional cast includes five-time SAG Award® nominee Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), and two-time Tony Award® and Emmy Award® winner, Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale, Transparent) Isabella Kai, Violet McGraw and country music sensation Jake Owen.

Our Friend is directed by acclaimed BAFTA nominee, Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish, Megan Leavey) from a script by Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back, Run All Night). The film is produced by Black Bear Pictures and Scott Free Productions. Producers are Academy Award® nominee Kevin Walsh (Manchester by the Sea), Michael Pruss (Earthquake Bird), Ryan Stowell (Thoroughbreds) and Academy Award® nominee Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game). Executive Producers include acclaimed multi-hyphenate Ridley Scott, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, Ted Deiker, Ingelsby, and Matthew Teague, who consulted with Ingelsby on his screenplay adaptation.

The production was filmed on location in Fairhope, Alabama, where the Teague’s real life story took place.

In July, Gravitas launched its major motion picture The Secret: Dare to Dream on PVOD in the US, and theatrically and PVOD in international markets. The movie, which stars Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas and Jerry O’Connell, proved a significant PVOD hit. The movie’s release on Netflix has seen the film enter the Netflix Top 10 Films ranking in all significant territories including the US and UK.