Saoirse Ronan to star in adaptation of Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth, Simon Curtis to direct drama based on struggle for Klimt paintings

BBC Films is working with David Heyman and Heyday Films on Testament of Youth, Juliette Towhidi’s adaptation of Vera Brittain’s acclaimed First World War memoir. Saoirse Ronan is attached to play Vera.

Having worked with Simon Curtis on My Week With Marilyn, BBC Films is also working with Curtis on The Golden Lady.

Written by acclaimed playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell and produced by David Thompson (Origin Pictures), the film tells the story of Maria Altmann who, with enterprising young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, fought to reclaim several world famous Gustav Klimt paintings, including his most famous golden portrait of Maria’s aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis.

BBC is also in Cannes to discuss The Alan Partridge Movie (working title) which begins shooting in the autumn. Produced by Baby Cow, Kevin Loader, Henry Normal and Armando Iannucci, the film will be directed by Declan Lowney.

Upcoming projects include Dom Hemingway, Saving Mr Banks, Brooklyn, and Kinks story You Really Got Me.

BBC-backed Broken opened Critics’ Week.