According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to Fast Food Nation. Directed by Richard Linklater, the film is a dramatic character study about the fast-food industry based on Eric Schlosser's nonfiction best-seller. Searchlight president Peter Rice announced the deal Friday.

Co-written by Schlosser and Linklater, the film boasts an ensemble cast that includes Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Luis Guzman, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Greg Kinnear, Kris Kristofferson, Avril Lavigne, Esai Morales, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Lou Taylor Pucci, Ana Claudia Talancon and Wilmer Valderrama.