The Crown‘s Imelda Staunton, Derry Girls‘ Siobhán McSweeney, Catastrophe‘s Eileen Walsh and Ted Lasso‘s Hannah Waddingham are to star in West the Road, a new comedy film that will begin production in Co Kerry later this year.
The film marks the feature directorial debut of Irish writer-director Ita Fitzgerald, whose credits include the TV series Doctors and a number of award-winning shorts.
The synopsis says West the Road tells “the hilarious and heartfelt story of a group of women brought together by the death of their childhood friend Margaret”.
“When they discover that Margaret was forced to give her daughter up for adoption at the age of 15, the group embark on a journey from the West of Ireland up the Wild Atlantic coastline – accompanied by a donkey called Thatcher – in search of the child so that Margaret’s mother, Bridie, can meet the grandchild she never knew she had,” the synopsis continues.
“What follows is a story about friendship, love and the unstoppable resolve of women as they rediscover the joy of living.”
Writer-director Fitzgerald described it as “a dream come true to work with these amazing and talented women”.
Dublin company Cowtown Pictures is among the producers on West the Road.
The film is produced with production support from Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.