Great news! According to the movie’s production company Focus Films Sophia Myles is attached to star as James Miranda Barry in ‘Heaven and Earth’. Shooting is rumoured to start around November and will take place in the UK, Germany and South Africa.
Directed by Marleen Gorris, this is based on the remarkable true story of James Miranda Barry. In the early years of the 19th Century Barry graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School aged 21. Barry was appointed army surgeon to the Cape Colony where she performed the first successful Caesarian operation and rose through the ranks to eventually become Surgeon General of the British Army. It was only when the undertaker was laying out the body of the eminent physician that a startling discovery was made – Dr James Barry was in fact a woman.