Sebastian Barry adaptation lands director…

Irish filmmaker Thaddeus O’Sullivan (‘Vera,’ ‘Into The Storm,’ ‘The Heart of Me,’ ‘Ordinary Decent Criminal’) has been tapped to take the directing reins of the Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave-led ‘The Secret Scripture.’

Adapted from Sebastian Barry’s award-winning novel of the same name, the story is set against an Ireland besieged by conflict and centres on Roseanne McNulty, a 100-year old woman who has been in a patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital since World War Two. With the hospital near to closing, her caregiver, Dr. Grene, tries to piece together why the woman is there, not knowing Roseanne has been hiding a diary beneath the floorboards in her bedroom.

Chastain will play the young version of Roseanne, with Redgrave (‘Julia,’ ‘Howard’s End’) portraying her later in life.

Noel Pearson (‘The Field,’ ‘Dancing at Lughnasa,’ ‘My Left Foot’) is on board to produce.