We’ve got some new information on the upcoming adaptation of Catherine, Called Birdy.
Based on Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel for children, the coming-of-age comedy film has been adapted by Girls creator Lena Dunham.
Catherine, Called Birdy follows the adventures of a teenage girl in Medieval England as she navigates through life and tries to avoid the arranged marriages her father maps out for her.
Leading the new movie’s cast as Catherine is English actress Bella Ramsey, best known as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones.
Playing her father is Irish star Andrew Scott, who you’ll recognise as Moriarty in the BBC’s Sherlock series.
Also appearing are Joe Alwyn (Conversations with Friends), Dean-Charlies Chapman (1917), Paul Kaye (After Life), and Billie Piper (Doctor Who).
The film began shooting in Shropshire, Wales, and Gloucester early last year.
Catherine, Called Birdy will be released in cinemas on Friday 23rd September.
It’ll then arrive for streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Friday 7th October.
Amazon Prime has released a scene from the movie as a taster of what to expect, and you can watch the clip here:
The official synopsis reads: “The year? 1290. In the Medieval English village of Stonebridge, Lady Catherine (known as Birdy) is the youngest child of Lord Rollo and the Lady Aislinn. Her playground is Stonebridge Manor, a house that, like the family, has seen better days.
“Financially destitute and utterly greedy, Rollo sees his daughter as his path out of financial ruin by marrying her off to a wealthy man for money and land. But Birdy, like all the great teen heroines, is spirited, clever, and adventurous and ready to put off any suitor that comes calling in increasingly ingenious ways.
“Her imagination, defiance, and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the vilest suitor of all arrives, they are presented with the ultimate test of love for their daughter.”
Karen Cushman’s book Catherine, Called Birdy is available on Amazon.