Saoirse Ronan stars in a film adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s memoir the outrun† according to to the Hollywood reporter†
The Irish actor (Ladybug, little women) will star in the film, which will be directed by Nora Fingscheidt, the German filmmaker known for her films System crasher and the unforgivable†
Liptrot’s book, published in the US in 2017 by WW Norton, tells the story of her return to her native Scotland, where she is working on recovering from an addiction. A critic of Kirkus called the book “an ordinary memoir of addiction in an extraordinary place — worth reading for its descriptions of life on a ‘beautiful, barely touched piece of land’.”
The screenplay for the film is being written by Liptrot and Fingscheidt. Producers include Ronan, Sarah Brocklehurst (animals), Jack Lowden (related), Dominic Norris (Modern life is bullshit), Ignacio Salazar-Simpson (1917), and Ricardo Marco Bude (Pain and Glory†
Ronan said in a statement that she was drawn to the project by Liptrot’s voice.
“I’ve been waiting to play a part like this — the messiness, hope, dreaminess, authenticity, and humor we want to achieve — I’ve been dreading it, but with Nora, I feel ready,” she said.
Liptrot shared the news about the change on Instagram, to write, “And… what’s new! I worked with the brilliant director-writer Nora Fingscheidt and the best producer Sarah Brocklehurst on an adaptation of my book. We are delighted to have Saoirse Ronan on board and look forward to filming later this year.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.