Billie Piper would star in Lena Dunham’s upcoming film adaptation of Catherine, called Birdy.
The singer and actress, 38, will reportedly star alongside Fleabag’s Andrew Scott, 44, and Game Of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey, 17, in the medieval comedy, reports Variety
The publication reports that Bella plays Catherine in the coming-of-age story set in 13th-century England, which is based on Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel, while Billie will star as her on-screen mother.
New role: Billie Piper to star in Lena Dunham’s upcoming film adaptation of Catherine, Called Birdy (pictured in 2020)
The film, which will be realized by Working Title and Amazon, was first announced by Lena, 34, in 2014 and is still in the ‘early stages of production’.
It follows Catherine, 14, who refuses ‘money against convention’ and the arranged marriages that her father, played by Andrew, is setting up for her.
It comes after Billie expressed her discomfort earlier this month when she was asked in previous interviews about her battle with anorexia and her divorce from Chris Evans.
Passion project: The singer and actress, 38, will reportedly star alongside Fleabag’s Andrew Scott, 44, and Game Of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey, 17, in the medieval comedy, Variety reports (Lena Dunham photo)
The former Doctor Who star spoke on the Changes With Annie MacManus podcast about the ‘tone deaf’ nature of the question line she faced, especially in 2006 when Jonathan Ross joked about her eating disorder.
Also referring to a performance about Parkinson’s, which discussed her divorce a lot, she said, “ I sometimes watch old Jonathan Ross interviews too. It was not that long ago. I don’t know if you could ask those questions anymore …
‘It would feel so deaf now. The questions women had to answer – some of them are unforgivable. I can’t watch that Parkinson’s interview. I just look at it and think … I found my diary and I found it so hard to read. ‘
Upcoming: The publication reports that Bella, pictured in 2019, will play Catherine in the coming-of-age story set in 13th-century England, which is based on Karen Cushman’s 1994 novel, with Billie starring will play as her mother on screen.
Billie, who was married to TV star Chris Evans between 2001 and 2007, was outspoken about her mental health struggles and recently told a story of passing out at a party while living alone on “ Diet Coke and Marlboro Lights. ”
In the mid-1990s, Billie broke new ground for her role as Rose in Doctor Who, aged just 24, in which she faced several probing questions, which she insisted were “ nice, ” which opens her up to the questions.
In 2006, during a performance on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, she was asked about her autobiography Growing Pains, during the chat show, the heavyweight asked her about the ‘fascinating’ story of her life so far.
Star-studded: It follows Catherine, 14, who refuses ‘money against convention’ and the arranged marriages her father, played by Andrew, pictured in 2020, is drawing up for her
Jonathan said, ‘You and Chris looked like you hadn’t showered in a while … like you had way too many Bacardi Breezers,’ before asking how long she went without a bath or shower – which she was the longest for a week .
He then talked about her food and said, ‘You talk about your eating problems and try to stay thin and eat tissue paper and things like that. Is it as unpleasant as you say? How many sheets of paper could you take? ‘
The studio burst out laughing and she said, “Six sheets,” to which he said, “Did you put herbs on it?” Drink water to get it down? ‘as she said,’ Yes. It’s so awful. I did it for two years, I haven’t eaten solid tissue for two years’,
Jonathan continued, ‘But you would have a banana or something? We shouldn’t talk about it because even if we sit here and think it’s awful, there are young girls sitting at home who think I’ll remember to do that. ‘
A long time ago: It comes after Billie expressed her discomfort earlier this month when she was asked about her struggles with anorexia and her divorce from Chris Evans in previous interviews (pictured together in 2001)