Skip Bolen
May 08, 2012 at 03:56 PM EDT

EW has confirmed that embattled indie Killer Joe has set a release date, as Deadline first reported. Matthew McConaughey’s trailer-park noir found itself in an appeals imbroglio this March when the MPAA slapped an NC-17 rating on it for scenes involving drug use, nudity, violence, and graphic sexuality, to name a few. Despite losing that fight, Joe will hit theaters unchanged on July 27. Watch the trailer below.

William Friedkin directed the film based on Pulitzer winner Tracy Letts’ play. McConaughey plays the title character, a police officer who works overtime as a hitman. A small-time drug dealer (Emile Hirsch) solicits Joe’s services to off his mother for her insurance money, and Joe takes a special liking to the dealer’s younger sister (Juno Temple). Gina Gershon, and Thomas Haden Church also star.

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