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Hilary Swank going to law school in new picture

Actress Hilary Swank speaks at the Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles December 4, 2009. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox Searchlight, which released the Hilary Swank drama “Amelia” in October, is reteaming with the actress even after the film crashed at the box office and was ignored during awards season.

The specialty distributor has acquired North American and select international rights to “Betty Anne Waters,” and plans to release the fact-based film in the fall.

Swank stars as a high-school dropout and single mom who puts herself through law school in order to overturn the murder conviction of her brother (Sam Rockwell). The cast also includes Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis and Peter Gallagher.

Tony Goldwyn directed the Omega Entertainment project from a script by Pamela Gray.