According to an article just posted by Mike Fleming Jr on Deadline, Saoirse is set to star in ‘Lady Bird’, the writing and directorial debut of actress Greta Gerwig. IAC Films is financing the film, which is being produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill.
Ronan will play a high school senior, spending her last year at home in Sacramento. Deal comes as Ronan was just Oscar nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Brooklyn, the John Crowley-directed film that debuted at Sundance last year. It’s her second Oscar nom, following her breakthrough turn in Atonement. Ronan also got Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nominations for Brooklyn, which was released November 4 by Fox Searchlight.
Ronan will work this around her Broadway debut this spring in Arthur Miller’s classic drama The Crucible, which Rudin is also producing. She recently wrapped an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, and was last seen in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Ronan is represented by CAA and Macfarlane Chard.
Gerwig is getting behind the camera after co-writing with director Noah Baumbach Mistress America, a film she starred in. Gerwig is also starring in Jackie, the drama that chronicles Jacqueline Kennedy’s four nightmare days following the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy. She is also part of the ensemble cast of Weiner-Dog, which premieres here at Sundance, and plays the title role in Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan. Gerwig is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Film School Rejects posted a new interview with Saoirse this week. It’s a great read with Saoirse talking about the immigrant experience and women’s roles in the industry. Read the full story below:
Tomris Laffly: Congratulations on your Best Actress Oscar nomination and the success of Brooklyn.
Saoirse Ronan: Thank you.
You’ve done the Oscar rounds before for Atonement as a very young teenager. How is your experience different now vs. then?
I think I’m aware of what goes into this whole aspect of the industry a little bit more. I wasn’t really part of it when I was a kid because I was away working in New Zealand when the nominations came out, when I was 13. I hadn’t really done anything for it. For ages I assumed, “Oh, that’s it. You just get nominated.” I guess with this, like you (because I know you’ve been very supportive of the film,) I’ve been with it from day one. I signed on a year before the film was even made so to have gone through each stage with the film up until now, it means more.
I remember my mam said it to me when I was younger that to get an Oscar when you’re too young, when you’ve only just started, it’s wonderful but what that award could represent or what a nomination could represent later on in your life is [what’s really] incredible and meaningful. We see Leo and Martin Scorsese; when they are finally recognized, that represents a body of work. So I think just because I’ve worked for over half my life at this stage, it means a lot more to me.
Saoirse Ronan attended the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards last night, in which she was nominated in the Best Actress category for her work in the film ‘Brooklyn’. Actress Brie Larson, from the film ‘Room’ won the award instead. Our gallery has been updated with images from the event.
Watch Saoirse and many other celebrities giving W Magazine their best impressions of “not giving a damn” re-creating the iconic scene between Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from the film Gone with the Wind:
Last week, Saoirse attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening of ‘Brooklyn’ in LA and participated in a career-spanning conversation afterwards. Here we have the official video of the Q&A, moderated by Dave Karger: