Kenneth Branagh is bringing his life story to the big screen. The famed actor, director, and screenwriter's latest project is a semi-autobiographical film about his childhood growing up in Northern Ireland, titled Belfast, starring Outlander's Caitriona Balfe.
Here's what else we know so far:
Caitriona Balfe shared the news with an excited tweet.
“I guess the cat is out of the bag!!! So delighted to be working on this special project with this amazing cast and the wonderful Kenneth Branagh. Exciting stuff!” she posted on social media.
— Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) September 4, 2020
Her Outlander co-star Sam Heughan also took to Twitter to congratulate her."What. A. CAST!!!!!!" he wrote.
Indeed, it is an impressive cast.
Jamie Dornan will star alongside Balfe as Branagh's father, and Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds will play his grandparents.
Watch the full trailer for the film above.
Balfe also recently shared a photo from the film.
The tweet confirmed that the movie will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released in theaters on November 12, 2021
Belfast, written and directed by the amazing Ken Branagh - is having a Gala Presentation @TIFF_NET 💗💗💗 so proud of this film and so excited to share it with everyone. @FocusFeatures #JamieDornan #JudiDench #CiaránHinds #JudeHill #LewisMcAskie #LaraDonnell pic.twitter.com/pIKYexfmrT
— Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) July 20, 2021
It's unclear if / how this film will affect future seasons of Outlander.
Balfe has appeared in other projects (notably Ford vs. Ferrari) while continuing to star in the popular Starz drama, so no need to worry just yet, but her dance card is filling up. She also recently secured the film rights to Sarah Crossan’s novel Here Is The Beehive. Per Deadline, "Sources close to Balfe say schedule and timing permitting, [the Here Is the Beehive project] is intended to be a starring vehicle for Balfe as well."
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