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Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet will play lovers in Francis Lee's new romantic drama

Actor Saoirse Ronan attends the European premiere of
Actor Saoirse Ronan attends the European premiere of "Mary Queen of Scots" in London, Britain December 10, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Saoirse Ronan arrives at the European premiere of Mary Queen of Scots at Cineworld Leicester Square, London
US/Irish actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 10th Annual Governors Awards gala hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on November 18, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)
Saoirse Ronan arrives at the European premiere of Mary Queen of Scots at Cineworld Leicester Square, London
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet accepts the Actors Inspiration Award onstage at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards 2017 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation )
Actress Kate Winslet arrives at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan will play lovers in a new movie.

The 'Titanic' star and the 'Mary Queen of Scots' actress have signed up to star in 'God's Own Country' writer-and-director Francis Lee's upcoming romantic drama 'Ammonite', Deadline reports.

The movie is set in an 1840s coastal town and follows the unlikely romance between palaeontologist Mary Anning and a wealthy London woman, to whom she unexpectedly becomes a nursemaid.

Production on the movie, which will be produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly, is scheduled to begin in March.

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet

Kate is currently filming 'Blackbird' and recently finished working on 'Avatar 2', while Saoirse can be seen on screen opposite Margot Robbie in 'Mary Queen of Scots'.

Saoirse's casting may have came as a surprise because she recently revealed she planned to take a long break after her challenging lead role in 'Mary Queen of Scots'.

She said: "I'm going to take most of the year off and travel, do a bit of writing and work with my friends on something small. We're all around the same age, which is unusual for me because I'd always been the young person working on my own."

The most challenging part of her role in the drama - based on Mary's real-life attempt to overthrow her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, resulting in years of imprisonment before facing execution -  was wearing four skirts, as she couldn't sit down properly.

Asked about the costumes, she said: "Oh, corsets every day.

"We had, like, four skirts to wear at a time so you couldn't sit in a chair because you might crease the dress. We had to sit on these little swivel stools. You'd lift up your skirt and just drop it down over the stool so wouldn't even see it."

US/Irish actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 10th Annual Governors Awards gala hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on November 18, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)
US/Irish actress Saoirse Ronan attends the 10th Annual Governors Awards gala hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on November 18, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

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