STUDIOCANAL today unveiled the first look at Academy Award®-nominee Saoirse Ronan in director Nora Fingscheidt’s highly anticipated adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s best-selling memoir, THE OUTRUN.
Adapted by Fingscheidt, the multi award-winning director of System Crasher, in collaboration with Liptrot, four-time Oscar® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) stars as Rona, who fresh out of rehab, returns to the wild Orkney Islands after more than a decade away.
As she reconnects with the dramatic landscape where she grew up, memories of her childhood merge with the more recent challenging events that have set her on the path to recovery. The film also stars Emmy nominee Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) and BAFTA winner Stephen Dillane (Alex Rider) alongside Ronan.
The Outrun was optioned by Brock Media’s Sarah Brocklehurst, who is developing and producing alongside Ronan, Jack Lowden and Dominic Norris under their recently founded banner, Arcade Pictures. They are joined by co-producers Jonas Weydemann and Jakob D. Weydemann of Weydemann Bros.
Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide sales and executive producing, with Luane Gauer, George Hamilton, James Pugh and Janina Vilsmaier serving as executive producers alongside Claudia Yusef for BBC Film, Kieran Hannigan for Screen Scotland and Maria Logan and Anne Sheehan for MBK.
BBC Film and Screen Scotland supported development of the project and are funding production alongside MBK Productions. Funding is also provided by FFA, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, MOIN Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, and Film and Medienstiftung NRW.
Liptrot’s memoir of the same name won the 2016 Wainwright Prize and the 2017 PEN Ackerley Prize and was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. The book was translated into 15 languages, selling over 110,000 copies in the UK alone, and was added by publisher Canongate to its modern classics list, The Canons.
THE OUTRUN will be released in UK cinemas in 2023.