Book lovers, rejoice! The film adaptation of the beloved ’90s young adult novel “Catherine, Called Birdy” is almost here. The film, directed by Lena Dunham and starring “Game of Thrones” breakout Bella Ramsey, will hit theaters in September before airing in October.
“Catherine, Called Birdy” is about a young girl (Ramsey) growing up in 13th century England. Her parents desperately want to marry her off, but she rebels. In the film, her father is played by Andrew Scott (aka the hot priest from “Fleabag”) and her mother is played by “Doctor Who” star Billie Piper. Also joining the cast as Birdy’s uncle is Joe Alwyn, whose girlfriend Taylor Swift is known to be friends with Dunham.
“This is not the story of a teenage warrior,” Dunham told Vanity Fair in August. “It’s not the story of a forbidden teenage romance. It doesn’t have magical powers. It doesn’t fall into [those] tropes. She really is a complicated, tough young woman – sometimes doing difficult and unpleasant things. It’s a bit of a passion project for Dunham; according to Vanity Fair, she bought the rights to the book in the early 2010s, shortly after “Girls” premiered.
“It was so wonderfully chaotic,” Ramsey told Vanity Fair of his impressions of the novel. “I love the strangeness, audacity and eccentricity that Birdy embodies.”
Read on for everything we know about “Catherine, Called Birdy,” including the cast, release date, and trailers.