Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn will direct from a script by veteran Northern Ireland playwright Owen McCafferty. The indie is for Out of Orbit and Canderblinks Films, with Bankside Films to start shopping the project to international buyers at Cannes.
Normal People centers on a long-married couple who test their relationship and face an uncertain future when the wife is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer.
The project will start filming in Belfast in early July. Brian J. Falconer, David Holmes, and Piers Tempest will produce with film financing coming from Head Gear Films, Northern Ireland Screen and the British Film Institute.
Neeson was nominated for an academy award for his leading role in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. His other credits include Kinsey, The Grey, Taken, The Commuter, and the upcoming Hard Powder opposite Laura Dern and Emily Rossum. He is represented by CAA.
Manville was nominated for an academy award for her supporting role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Her other credits include Another Year, Topsy-Turvy and the TV series drama Harlots. She is represented by Artist Rights Group.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern