Saoirse Ronan to Star in ‘On Chesil Beach’ with ‘Carol’ and ‘Youth’ Team

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Saoirse Ronan is set to play the lead in the screen adaptation of “On Chesil Beach.” The film is being produced by the team behind “Carol” and “Youth.”

Based on the book of the same name by Booker Prize-winning author 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 is set on Chesil Beach, where the two lovers are staying in a hotel.

“On Chesil Beach” is scheduled to film this fall, with Dominic Cooke at the helm and Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen producing.

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 was nominated for her first Oscar 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 recently said of their new film: “It’s an extremely exciting prospect to be reunited with Saoirse Ronan on such a beautiful and heartbreaking project.”

Ronan, who is up for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards for role in “Brooklyn,” will next be seen in the Broadway show “The Crucible.” It was also announced recently that Ronan would star in “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut.

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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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