×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville to Headline Bankside’s ‘Normal People’

Academy Award nominees Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville are set to headline romantic drama “Normal People.” Bankside Films, which is handling international sales and will be pitching the project to buyers at Cannes next month, describes the Ireland-set film as “a story of love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.”

Neeson and Manville star as Tom and Joan, a married couple with an easy relationship and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humor. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as the pair face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen in the future. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in early July on location in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Manville joins the production hot off her Oscar and BAFTA nominations for best supporting actress in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread.” Neeson, who was nominated for the best actor Oscar for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning 1993 film “Schindler’s List,” was most recently seen in Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller “The Commuter.”

“Normal People” marks the third film from directing duo Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn following their 2009 debut thriller “Cherrybomb,” starring Rupert Grint, and 2012’s music biopic “Good Vibrations,” which was nominated for a BAFTA. It is written by award-winning Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty, making his feature-writing debut. McCafferty’s 1998 play “Mojo Mickybo” was adapted into a 2004 film, retitled “Mickybo and Me,” by writer-director Terry Sloane.

The producers are Brian J. Falconer for Out of Orbit, David Holmes for Canderblinks Film and Music and Piers Tempest for Tempo Productions. Bankside serves as executive producer. CAA is handling domestic rights.

Both actors are repped by Artist Rights Group in the U.K. Neeson is repped by CAA in the U.S.

More Film

  • Young Ahmed

    Cannes Film Review: 'Young Ahmed'

    There’s a darkness to “Young Ahmed” that audiences have never seen before in the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the gifted Belgian brothers whose profoundly humane, unapologetically realist dramas have twice earned them the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Like surrogate parents to troubled children, the sibling directors have taken on their share of difficult [...]

  • Radegund

    Cannes: Fox Searchlight Nabs Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life'

    Fox Searchlight has picked up rights for U.S. and several international territories on Terrence Malick’s contemplative World War II drama “A Hidden Life,” following its enthusiastic reception at the Cannes Film Festival. “A Hidden Life” tells the true story of the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who rejected Adolf Hitler and objected to the war. He [...]

  • China's Zhou Dongyu Is Focusing on

    China's Zhou Dongyu Plans to Focus on Acting, Says Female Roles Improving

    China’s Zhou Dongyu may have taken a recent turn as a producer, but the 27-year-old actress plans to focus on honing her craft in front of the camera rather than branching out too much into other roles behind it. She also believes that female roles are increasing in quantity and quality in China, and is [...]

  • German Films Cocktail Cannes 2019 CannesMay

    Cannes: German Films Celebrates Festival Films at Villa Rothschild

    Pictured: Peter Herrmann, chairman of German Films, Michael Weber of The Match Factory, and Simone Baumann, managing director of German Films. Simone Baumann, the managing director of German Films, celebrated the many German co-productions screening in the Cannes Film Festival at the promotional agency’s cocktail party Saturday at Villa Rothschild in Cannes. “Germany is one [...]

  • Steven Gaydos, Jacob Weydemann, Katriel Schory,

    Variety Celebrates 10 Producers to Watch in Cannes

    CANNES–Variety honored its 10 Producers to Watch for 2019 at a brunch on Monday morning at Cannes’ Plage des Palmes. Launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, the annual event fetes 10 producers from the U.S. and the international film community who share a common commitment to bold, original, provocative storytelling. The films produced by [...]

  • Kathy Griffin photographed at the Variety

    Kathy Griffin Movie 'A Hell of a Story' Gets Theatrical Release (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story,” a documentary comedy from the star comedian, has sold to Brainstorm Media for a special theatrical release this summer, Variety has learned. The movie will play in U.S. theaters on July 31, for a one-night special event. Fathom Events is a partner on the deal, and Griffin will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content