Nomadland starring Frances McDormand

Nomadland is a drama film. The director is Chloé Zhao.



Frances McDormand as Fern
David Strathairn as Dave
Linda May as Linda
Charlene Swankie as Swankie


The story follows Fern (Frances McDormand) who packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

Statement from director Chloé Zhao about Frances McDormand

Fran and I spent a lot of time together before we hit the road and I got to know so much about her. Fran is not the kind of actress that likes to just talk forever about the character. She likes physically doing things, she likes tangible things. So, we really hit it off in that sense.

Frances McDormand statement about director Chloé Zhao

Chloé immerses herself in her subjects’ life narratives and looks for ‘the hook’ that gives her the dramatic arc for a film.

Release date

The film will be available on February 19, 2021

Other notes

Frances McDormand and Peter Spears optioned the film rights to the book in 2017.

After seeing Chloé Zhao’s film The Rider at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, McDormand decided to approach her about the project.

Filming took over four months.

McDormand, Zhao, and other crew members lived out of vans over the course of production.

The producers of the film are Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, and Chloé Zhao.

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