Imelda Staunton-led comedy West The Road to shoot in Ireland

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West The Road will be the feature directorial debut of Ita Fitzgerald, and will star Imelda Staunton and Hannah Waddingham.

Ita Fitzgerald is an award-winning shorts and commericials filmmaker, and has also written the script for West The Road. The comedy is set to enter production towards the end of this year in County Kerry, Ireland.

Acting veteran Imelda Staunton has joined the cast, alongside Derry Girls’ Siobhán McSweeney, Eileen Walsh, and Ted Lasso's Hannah Waddingham.

Here’s the synopsis:

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 she was forced to give her daughter up for adoption at the age of fifteen, 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. What follows is a story about friendship, love and the unstoppable resolve of women as they rediscover the joy of living.

We’ll have to wait and see if Thatcher the donkey becomes as popular as Jenny from The Banshees Of Inisherin. Knowing the internet’s love of animals, there’s certainly a chance.

The distribution rights for West The Road are set to be sold at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, so there’s no news yet on a potential release date. We’ll be bringing you more news on this as we hear it.

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