Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey in
I Love You Phillip Morris

The release of the movie I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as lovers, has been delayed in the US and in South Africa.

The comedy-romance, which has already been released in Europe and has received positive reviews, initially struggled to secure a US distributor because of its subject matter, but a February release date in America was eventually announced.

This was then postponed three times until an opening date in April for the US, and May for South Africa, was set.

Now, due to alleged financial problems with the US distributor and its dispute with the company that owns the film, the release date had been moved to July 30 in America. This will initially be a limited run that will expand to other cinemas in August.

The release date has also changed in South Africa; according to local distributor UIP, the film is now only scheduled to open in cinemas on 9 July.

Based on a true story, I Love You Phillip Morris casts Carrey as Steven Russell, a married father whose exploits landed him in the Texas criminal justice system. He fell madly in love with his cellmate (Ewan McGregor), who was eventually set free. This led Russell to escape from Texas prisons four times in order to be with his lover.

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