Sunday 8 December 2019

It's back to the books for Saoirse after landing On Chesil Beach role

Saoirse Ronan has landed a role in On Chesil Beach (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)
Saoirse Ronan has landed a role in On Chesil Beach (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Eimear Rabbitt

She was nominated for an Oscar for her film role based on a best-selling novel.

And Hollywood starlet Saoirse Ronan will be hoping that lightning strikes twice after her latest movie role was revealed.

The Carlow actress is to star in a movie version of top UK novel On Chesil Beach.

The 2007 Booker Prize shortlisted novel by Ian McEwan is set in 1962 and tells the story of young newly-weds on honeymoon on the Dorset coast.

Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan

It will be Saoirse's second time to work on an adaptation by writer McEwan.

She starred in the novelist's movie adaptation of Atonement in 2007 for which she received her first Oscar nomination at the age of just 13.

On Chesil Beach will see the 21-year-old take on the role of the young wife Florence, but it has yet to be announced who will play her husband Edward.

McEwan's story is set on real-life Chesil Beach where Florence and Edward are staying in a modest hotel. It is the first time for his story to be adapted for the screen as was the case with Wexford writer Colm Tobin's novel Brooklyn.

The hit movie about a young woman who emigrates to New York in the 1950s won a Bafta at the prestigious ceremony last Sunday and is in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars on February 28.

Saoirse is nominated in the Best Actress category for her role as Eilis Lacey and is up against Brien Larson. The US actress is tipped as the favourite to win the gong and has already claimed a Bafta and Golden Globe for her role in independent flick Room director by Dubliner Lenny Abrahamson.

Saoirse's down-to-earth personality has charmed Hollywood during awards season with top actress Helen Mirren describing her as "outstanding".

Also proving a hit on the red carpet, Saoirse turned heads yet again when she stepped out in a strapless gown by favourite designer Burberry at last Sunday's Baftas.

One of the last to leave the after-party bash following the ceremony, Saoirse has been letting her hair down in recent weeks.

But it will be back to work for the actress next month as she takes to the stage in The Crucible on Broadway.


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