"That They May Face The Rising Sun," the film adaptation of John McGahern's award-winning novel of the same name is expected to hit theaters early next year.

The trailer for the upcoming movie, directed by Irish filmmaker Pat Collins, was released earlier this month.

"That They May Face The Rising Sun" was the sixth and final novel of celebrated Irish author John McGahern, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 71. (The book was published in the U.S.  under the title "By the Lake.")

Like the 2003 novel, the film captures a year in the life of a rural lakeside community in 1970s Ireland.

A synopsis of the film reads: "Joe and Kate Ruttledge have returned from London to live and work among a small, rural, lakeside community in Ireland near to where Joe grew up. Now deeply embedded in the life around the lake, the drama of a year in their lives and those of the memorable characters that move about them unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons as this enclosed world becomes an everywhere."

The film, which received its world premier at the BFI Film Festival in October, stars Barry Ward (Jimmy’s Hall, Bad Sisters) and Anna Bederke (Soul Kitchen, Sterben) in the lead roles. The cast also includes Lalor Roddy (Grabbers, God’s Creatures), Sean McGinley (Michael Collins, Braveheart), Ruth McCabe (Philomena, Joy Ride) and first-time actor Phillip Dolan.

The script was adapted from the novel by Collins and Eamon Little.

"That They May Face the Rising Sun" will be the closing film at the 2024 Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF),  taking place from February 22 to March 2.

Irish distribution outfit Break Out Pictures have acquired the movie’s rights and plan to release the film in theaters Spring 2024.