Caitriona Balfe to Play Kenneth Branagh's Mother in New Film About His Childhood

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Kenneth Branagh is bringing his life story to the big screen. The famed actor, director, and screenwriter is currently working on a semi-autobiographical film about his childhood growing up in Northern Ireland, which is rumored to be titled Belfast. Nothing official has been announced yet, but Outlander star Caitriona Balfe recently confirmed the news of the movie (and that she would be playing Branagh's mother) on social media.

Here's what else we know so far:

Caitriona Balfe shared the news with an excited tweet.

“I guess the cat is out of the bag!!! So delighted to be working on this special project with this amazing cast and the wonderful Kenneth Branagh. Exciting stuff!” she posted on social media.

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Her Outlander co-star Sam Heughan also took to Twitter to congratulate her."What. A. CAST!!!!!!" he wrote.

Indeed, it is an impressive cast.

According to entertainment reporter Baz Bamigboye, Jamie Dornan will star alongside Balfe as Branagh's father, and Judi Dench and Ciaran Hinds will play his grandparents.

She also recently shared a photo from the film.

The tweet confirmed that the movie will premiere later this year at the Toronto International Film Festival. A wide release has yet to be announced.

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It's unclear if / how this would affect future seasons of Outlander.

Balfe has appeared in other projects (notably Ford vs. Ferrari) while continuing to star in the popular Starz drama, so no need to worry just yet, but her dance card is filling up. She also recently secured the film rights to Sarah Crossan’s novel Here Is The Beehive. Per Deadline, "Sources close to Balfe say schedule and timing permitting, [the Here Is the Beehive project] is intended to be a starring vehicle for Balfe as well."

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