The gay-themed jailhouse romance film I Love You Phillip Morris is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, reports The Associated Press.

The film stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as a pair of star-crossed lovers who met in a Texas jail cell.

The script is based on the book of the same name by journalist Steve McVickers. The book follows the true story of Steven Russell (played by Jim Carrey, Liar Liar) and his improbable, but true, transformation from small-town businessman, father and former cop to gay white-collar criminal and ingenious jailbreaker.

After a car crash, Russell's life takes a most unusual roller coaster ride that leads him to a life of crime, being gay, and falling in love with his cellmate Phillip Morris (played by Ewan McGregor, Star Wars).

Between 1993 and 1998, the clever Russell broke out of a Texas jail four times in five years and always on a Friday the 13th, twice landing in a six-figure job as a CFO of a major company.

Russell's enduring love for one-time fellow convict Morris, and the dream of being together and free, proves to be his Achilles' heel that foils his plans.

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