Hannover House has picked up North American rights to the indie drama Girlfriend, about a young man with a major crush on a single mom whom he has coveted since high school, from writer-director Justin Lerner, marking his directorial debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The distributor plans to release Girlfriend, which stars Evan Sneider, an actor with Down syndrome, before the end of the year. The supporting cast includes Amanda Plummer, Jackson Rathbone and Shannon Woodward.

"We see in 'Girlfriend' a groundbreaking story told with skill and sensitivity. This is also a movie that comes with layers of identifiable audiences, one of which has, until now, never properly been represented on the big screen," Hannover House president Fred Shefte said.