According to Variety, Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan has signed on for the leading role in the upcoming film adaptation of The Outrun, based on Amy Liptrot’s bestselling memoir of the same name. Ronan will be portraying a character inspired by Liptrot, who has been renamed Rona in the film.
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The Outrun will be directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt, who helmed Netflix’s 2021 drama The Unforgivable. It is co-written by Fingscheidt and Liptrot.
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“The film centers around Rona, a recently-out-of-rehab woman who heads for home in Scotland’s wild Orkney Islands after an absence of over a decade,” reads the synopsis. “There she reconnects with the dramatic landscape where she grew up. As Rona lingers in the Orkneys, she begins to piece together her childhood, memories of which merge with the more recent challenging events that have set her on the path to recovery.”
It will be produced by Ronan, Jack Lowden, and Dominic Norris through their Arcade Pictures banner; Mogambo’s Ignacio Salazar-Simpson and Ricardo Marco; and Jonas Weydemann and Jakob D. Weydemann of Weydemann Bros. The film is being executive produced by Protagonist Pictures, with Brock Media producing.
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Ronan is best known for her acclaimed performances in drama films such as 2007’s Atonement, 2015’s Brooklyn, 2017’s Lady Bird, and 2019’s Little Women which all earned her Oscar nominations. She will next be seen in Searchlight Pictures’ murder mystery film See How They Run with Sam Rockwell and Adrien Brody, and in the sci-fi thriller Foe alongside Paul Mescal.