Relativity Studios Acquires US Rights To “The Secret Scripture” Starring Theo James, Rooney Mara, and Eric Bana
Relativity Studios was plenty busy during AFM yesterday as they picked up a slew of movies, one of which is “The Secret Scripture”, one of Theo’s upcoming projects in which he will play a Catholic priest. It has also been reported that production on the film will begin in December.
Relativity Studios has acquired US rights to Jim Sheridan’s big screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s novel, ‘The Secret Scripture.’ The Ireland-centric story centers on a 100-year old woman who has been in a mental hospital since World War II, where she was wrongly branded a nymphomaniac. With the facility closing, a psychiatrist tries to piece together why the woman is there, not knowing she has been hiding a diary under the floorboards.
With production set to commence in December, Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave are to play younger and older versions of the woman, who’s narrative becomes a chronicle not only of her deep emotions, but also of a turbulent era in her country’s history, from the upheavals of the Irish civil war to the German bombing of Belfast during World War II. Eric Bana will play a rebellious doctor who is responsible for reviewing Roseanne’s (Mara) case, Theo James will play a local Catholic priest and Jack Reynor a member of the British army and Mara’s love interest.
Noel Pearson of Ferndale Films is the producer. Ingenious Senior Film Fund, the Irish Film Board and European Media Fund are the joint financiers.