Sony Pictures Classics has announced the acquisition of North American rights to “Testament of Youth,” directed by James Kent.
Based on Vera Brittain’s World War I memoir of the same name, the story, adapted by Juliette Towhidi, follows Vera, an irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded young woman, who overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. The synopsis continues: “With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s brilliant friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front, Vera realizes she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse and sets off for France. “
The film stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Miranda Richardson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach and Anna Chancellor.
“I am so proud of this heartfelt, beautifully performed film of youthful hope and searing love that speaks across the ages. The prospect of this extraordinary story being cherished by an American audience is extremely exciting,” said Kent.
No release information has yet been set.