Danny DeVito will direct The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, starring Morgan Freeman, Pierce Brosnan and Saoirse Ronan, reports Variety.
DeVito wrote the script, an adaptation of the best-selling young adult novel written by Avi. The film is in pre-production and will begin shooting in September.
Ronan will play a daring girl who makes a transatlantic crossing in the 1830s from England to America, and finds herself caught between a ruthless captain and a mutinous crew.
The film will be produced by Michele Weisler, Lori McCreary, Beau St. Clair and Patrick Meehan. Thomas D. Adelman and Hawk Koch will be executive producers.
Also producing is DeVito’s Jersey Films 2nd Avenue, Freeman and McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment and Irish DreamTime, the company run by Brosnan and St. Clair.