SAOIRSE RONAN lands new role in adaptation of hit memoir Outrun.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Co Carlow’s Ronan will play Rona – a woman fresh out of rehab who returns to her childhood sheep farm in Scotland’s Orkney Islands after more than a decade away.
The film will be based on the memoir of Amy Liptrot and directed by Nora Fingscheidt, who recently directed The Unforgivable with Sandra Bullock on Netflix.
The memoir is in the Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers and won the 2016 Wainwright Prize and the 2017 PEN Ackerley Prize.
It has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over 110,000 copies in the UK.
“It was Amy’s voice that first drew me to Overtakingsaid Ronan in a statement.
“His unusual way of seeing things in a way that maybe you can only see when you’ve gone to the darkest place you can go within yourself. I’ve been waiting to play a role like that this – the mess, the hope, the reverie, the authenticity and the humor that we want to achieve – I was afraid of it, but with Nora, I feel ready.”
“There are already wonderful gifts in place to make this a powerful and immersive film,” added director Fingscheidt.
“One is the setting, the vast cinematic landscapes of the Orkney Islands; the other is our lead actress, Saoirse Ronan, who brings magic to the screen with her unique blend of charisma and emotional depth.”
Ronan will also executive produce the film alongside boyfriend Jack Lowden and Dominic Norris under their new company Arcade Pictures.