Along with many other Irish actors like Cillian Murphy and Andrew Scott, Saoirse takes part in a campaign video for Ireland’s ‘Together for Yes’ in support of their abortion referendum on May 25.
As the release date draws near, we have new clips from ‘On Chesil Beach’! Check it out:
We have added a few new portraits of Saoirse with Greta Gerwig taken during last October’s London Film Festival Surprise Screening of ‘Lady Bird’. Check it out:
With On Chesil Beach, which will be in theaters next month, Saoirse Ronan sustains an unbroken streak of acting excellence that has encompassed The Grand Budapest Hotel, Brooklyn, and Lady Bird. The film is set in the narrowest sliver of historical time, the immediately pre-youthquake Britain of 1962, when, as Ian McEwan writes in the novella upon which the movie is based, “to be young was a social encumbrance . . . a faintly embarrassing condition for which marriage was the beginning of a cure.”
But the picture, directed by Dominic Cooke and co-starring Billy Howle, is tender toward its virginal newlywed protagonists rather than mocking and mean. “Satire creates distance. I wanted the reader, and now the viewer, to get right up close to them,” says McEwan, who handled the screenplay adaptation himself.
In bearing and appearance—”certainly beautiful, but in a sculpted, strong-boned way,” as the book has it—Ronan is uncannily right for the role of Florence Ponting, the violinist who takes the hand (but not willingly much else) of her groom, Edward Mayhew. “The physicality of Florence is so important, because there is so much that isn’t said,” Ronan explains. “And Ian writes with such love and understanding. I don’t think there are many films that have tackled this subject this way. Usually, it’s either a caricature, like American Pie, or overly sentimental.”
This week, The Hollywood Reporter released their 25 Most Powerful Stylists issue, featuring Saoirse and her stylist Elizabeth Saltzman. We uploaded the photoshoot along with the video/interview, which you can watch below.
The Seagull will be screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 21st in New York City. It was announced on the official website recently. No word on Saoirse’s attendance yet.
Adapted by Tony Award®-winning playwright Stephen Karam and directed by Tony Award®-winning director Michael Mayer, this exquisite adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic The Seagull finds a group of friends and family gathered for a seemingly jovial weekend in the countryside. But under the surface, Nina (Saoirse Ronan) pines desperately for Irina’s (Annette Benning) partner Boris (Corey Stoll), a celebrated playwright. Meanwhile, Masha (Elisabeth Moss) fights a battle with her own unrequited love.
This layered saga about art, fame, family, and human folly plays out with claustrophobic intensity, as the lives of friends, families, and lovers, all living under the same roof, become entangled. The Seagull’s cast of celebrated performers brings fresh perspective to these beloved, complicated characters. Rich with feeling, this tragicomedy asks timeless questions about how best to live a purposeful life and, more importantly, how to love.
The USA release date is on May 11. You can re-watch the trailer here.