James Miranda Barry: According to Production Weekly, Rachel Weisz will play the title role in the historical drama James Miranda Barry, a true story of the first woman doctor, forced to masquerade as a man.
Marleen Gorris is set to direct the film written by Malcolm Kohll, early next year in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Sean Bean, Sean Pertwee and Janet Suzman have also joined the cast.
In 1814, a woman of unknown origins graduated from Edinburgh Medical School disguised as a man. Dr. James Miranda Barry has the distinction of being the first woman doctor in the Western world. She then served in the British Military disguised as a male surgeon for fourty-five years. The scandal of her elaborate deception did not surface until her death.