Saoirse Ronan is set to star in her second film adaptation of a book by Booker Prize winning author Ian McEwan. The movie will be based on On Chesil Beach, McEwan’s 2007 novel set in 1960’s England. The Booker Prize shortlisted novel follows the lives of a young married couple from drastically different backgrounds, as they deal with aspects of their relationship.
Ronan has previously appeared as Briony Tallis in the 2007 film adaptation of McEwan’s book Atonement directed by Joe Wright. The film was widely considered Ronan’s breakthrough role, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination. At just 21, the actress now has another Oscar nomination under her belt for her role as Eilis Lacey in Brooklyn, for which she has been nominated in the Best Actress Category.
Dominic Cooke, who was previously artistic director of London’s Royal Court Theatre will direct the feature film, the Guardian reports. The producers are Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films, who also produced Carol and Youth. Karlsen has expressed her joy over this saying how ‘exciting’ it is:
It’s an extremely exciting prospect to be reunited with Saoirse Ronan on such a beautiful and heartbreaking project.
After rising to prominence, Ronan has starred in many popular films,. including The Lovely Bones (2009), Hanna (2011), The Way Back (2010), Byzantium (2012), The Host (2013), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Her performances have won her accolades including three BAFTA Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and two Screen Actors Guild nominations.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Ronan is currently starring in a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on Broadway, and was the star in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird.
On Chesil Beach will see Ronan playing a seemingly more mature role than Briony from Atonement, as her character Florence Ponting is a married woman dealing with sexual difficulties.