The Fall star Séainín Brennan has been cast in the new romantic drama Wild.

The Belfast native, who played bereaved mother Liz Tyler in the acclaimed BBC-RTÉ series, will begin filming for the new film this month alongside Shameless USA actress Emma Greenwell and Silk's Tom Hughes.

Wild is based on the true story of Mary Reynolds (Greenwell), who became the first Irish winner of the Chelsea Flower Show gold medal in 2002.

Brennan said of the news: "It's very exciting to be cast in my first feature film. What drew me to Wild is the brilliantly written, fun, quirky script by Vivienne DeCourcy and I just love a story that champions the underdog!"

She continued: "My character, Dr Jaqui Finch, is a far cry from Liz Tyler in The Fall. She's glamorous and fashionable but she has her own set of problems and issues.

"I really enjoy taking on a variety of roles, as I like to continually challenge myself and take on a new persona. It allows me to go on that person's journey without having the burden of their problems in real life."

Scriptwriter DeCourcy will also direct the film, which has been funded by the Irish Film Board, RTÉ, Green Earth and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Wild will film in Ireland and Ethiopia.