Lena Dunham To Direct ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’; Casts Billie Piper, Andrew Scott, & Filming Begins In March

Believe it or not, it’s been more than a decade since Lena Dunham broke out with her feature film, “Tiny Furniture.” And since then, she has yet to follow up with another feature film. However, that appears to be changing, as she begins casting the upcoming project, “Catherine, Called Birdy.”

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According to dependable U.K. journalist Baz Bamigboye, Lena Dunham has cast the leads for her new film, “Catherine, Called Birdy.” The film will star “Game of Thrones” standout, Bella Ramsey, in the title role, as a young girl in Medieval England that does everything in her power to avoid the arranged marriages that her parents are supporting. Joining Ramsey in the cast are Billie Piper and Andrew Scott, who will play the young girl’s parents.

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“Catherine, Called Birdy” is reportedly a passion project for Dunham, who has been a fan of the 1994 book of the same name from author Karen Cushman. Apparently, the filmmaker has been working since 2014 to get this film into production. She was close to getting it filmed last year, but the pandemic forced her to delay the filming until this spring. ‘Catherine’ is expected to film between March and May of this year.

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We have no idea where or when the feature might make its debut. Since “Tiny Furniture,” Dunham’s star has only risen higher thanks to her award-winning HBO series, “Girls.” She also worked on the series, “Camping,” and directed several episodes of the recent hit, “Industry.” So, there will likely be no shortage of studios and streaming services interested in snatching up the rights to “Catherine, Called Birdy.”