Saoirse Ronan tipped to make stage debut in Broadway production
Actress Saoirse Ronan could be trading the big screen for the stage, as she is tipped to star in an upcoming Broadway production.
The Carlow star (21) has been named as one of the favourites to walk the boards in a new run of the iconic Arthur Miller drama The Crucible in New York.
The show, which is based on the Salem witch trials in the 17th century, originally premiered in 1953.
It was revived on Broadway in 2002 with a cast that included Irish Oscar winner Liam Neeson.
Saoirse is rumoured to be joining Hotel Rwanda actress Sophie Okonedo, Game of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds and Skyfall's Ben Whishaw in the latest production of The Crucible.
The historical drama tells the story of the rumours of witchcraft in a small town that are caused by a group of young girls.
The show will begin previews on February 29 next year, before its official opening night on April 7, according to reports.
The stage role will be a first for Ronan, who earlier this week was touted as a potential Oscar winner for her role in the upcoming film Brooklyn, which is based on the novel by Irish author Colm Toibin.
Ahead of the film's November release date, Saoirse looks to have a busy few months, as she shoots a movie adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic play The Seagull.
The film, which is directed by Michael Mayer, will see Saoirse act alongside Oscar-winning actress Annette Bening and House of Cards actor Corey Stoll.
The 1896 play tells the story of aging actress Irina and her relationship with her son Konstantin, a playwright who is in love with an actress called Nina - the role Ronan will play.
Despite her increasingly busy acting schedule, Saoirse - who was first nominated for an Oscar when she was just 13 - recently said she's finding it harder to get roles as she gets older.
"You're sort of somewhere in between that coming-of-age girl and a young woman - and if you've started out quite young it's kind of hard to prove to everyone, 'Look, I'm not 13 anymore'," she said.