James Preston as James Dean
James Preston as James Dean

Wolfe Releasing has acquired American and Canadian rights to Matthew Mishory's "A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951."

The film, which stars James Preston in the title role, offers an intimate look at Dean as an up-and-comer in Los Angeles just before widespread recognition of his status as a major talent -- and, ultimately, an icon. "Joshua Tree" has screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Rio International Film Festival, the Frameline Festival and elsewhere.

Wolfe will release "Joshua Tree" in 2013 on VOD and DVD. Wolfe president Maria Lynn collaborated with representatives from The Film Collaborative and Iconoclastic Features to broker the deal.