Sony Pictures Classics has made a deal for domestic and Latin American rights to The Guard, a dark comedy John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle.

According to Risky Business, The Guard centers on an Irish village police sergeant reluctantly pulled into an FBI agent's investigation of an international drug-smuggling ring that has hit Ireland's shores.

The world cinema dramatic competition film played to positive response during its world premiere screening at the Egyptian Theatre Thursday. Over the following days, Roadside Attractions and Magnolia Pictures also took runs at the acquisition.