EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has acquired US rights from Ferndale Films and Jim Sheridan to The Secret Scripture, which Voltage Pictures has come on to sell internationally at AFM.

Sheridan will commence production in December on the film starring Rooney Mara, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana, Jack Reynor and Theo James.

The Secret Scripture centres on an Irishwoman wrongly branded a nymphomaniac who is sent to a mental hospital where she spends the rest of her life awaiting the arrival of the unborn son she was accused of killing.

Johnny Ferguson and Sheridan adapted the postwar story based on the novel of the same name by Sebastian Barry.

Noel Pearson of Ferndale Films is the producer. Ingenious Senior Film Fund, the Irish Film Board and European Media Fund are the joint financiers.