The four time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan is slated to star in German filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt’s upcoming film The Outrun, according to Variety. The film is based on Amy Liprot’s best-selling memoir of the same name. Ronan will play a character named Rona in the film, who is inspired by Liprot.
Under the banner Arcade Pictures, Brock Media will produce the picture alongside Ronan, Jack Lowden, and Dominic Norris. Mogambo’s Ignacio Salazar-Simpson and Ricardo Marco will also produce, as will Weydemann Bros’ Jonas Weydemann and Jakob D. Weydemann.
What is The Outrun about?
“The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind and the moon to restore life and renew hope,” says the book on which the film is based.
The award-winning memoir by Liprot was originally published on December 31, 2015. The plot follows her as she relocates to London and has a hedonistic life, unable to manage her drinking, and returns to Orkney after a decade abroad.
Here’s the official book blurb for The Outrun from Canongate Books, which will give us an insight into the upcoming film’s storyline:
“When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey. Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London. Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife – puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings – and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey towards recovery from addiction.”
Ronan’s having quite a promising career in Hollywood
For those who don’t know the backstory behind her name, Saoirse Ronan is pronounced ‘sur-shuh -row-nuhn,’ folks.
The Irish actress has been nominated for three Best Actress Academy awards for her performances in Brooklyn (2015), Lady Bird (2017), and Little Women (2019), as well as a Best Supporting Actress award for her part in Atonement (2008). With the brilliant Fingscheidt directing the film, who previously directed Sandra Bullock for her highly praised Netflix film The Unforgivable, we can certainly hope for yet another nomination, and perhaps this time she will win as well!