FIRST LOOK: Saoirse Ronan in ‘On Chesil Beach’

Saoirse Ronan

It’s been over a year since the lovely Saoirse Ronan graced the screens in “Brooklyn,” but the two-time Oscar nominee has several intriguing projects coming up. The first look at one of those films, “On Chesil Beach,” debuted today by way of Screen Daily. The team behind “Carol” and “Youth” produced the film.

Based on the book by Ian McEwan, the story follows Florence, a young, talented violinist in Blighty in 1962. According to Variety, Florence “dreams of a career on a concert stage and the perfect life she will create with an earnest young history student (Edward). [The story] follows the precise depiction of two young lovers to the touching story of how their unexpressed misunderstandings and fears shape the rest of their lives.”

Some consider the book to be a novella, since it is just over 200 pages in length. It takes place on Chesil Beach, where the two lovers stay in a hotel.

Dominic Cooke directed the film and Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen produced.

The project marks the second time Ronan will star in a film based off of an Ian McEwan tale. She previously starred in Joe Wright’s “Atonement” alongside Keira Knightley. Ronan received her first Oscar nomination for her role in the film as Briony Tallis, the young woman who misunderstands something she witnesses, and whose misunderstanding ultimately leads to the tragic events of the film.

Producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley said of their new film: “It’s an extremely exciting prospect to be reunited with Saoirse Ronan on such a beautiful and heartbreaking project.”

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Ronan will also star in “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut. She also has “The Seagull” and “Loving Vincent” scheduled for this year.

Tell us: What do you think of Saoirse Ronan’s upcoming projects? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • MJ NYC

    There’s an episode in the novel, the true filming of which would put the film well into the NC17 (X-rated) category. I wonder how that will be handled.