Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to Beyond Deceit, the legal thriller that is marking the directorial debut of screenwriter Shintaro Shimosawa. The movie is currently in production in New Orleans and sees Josh Duhamel leading a cast that includes Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Malin Akerman, Alice Eve, Julia Stiles and Byung-hun Lee.

Release plans were not revealed but a potential first quarter 2016 opening is being eyed. Deceit tells of an ambitious young lawyer (Duhamel) who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company (Hopkins), only to find himself drawn into a murder case in which he is the prime suspect.