Saoirse visited The Andrew Marr Show with co-star Margot Robbie and director Josie Rourke earlier today! They talked about Mary Queen of Scots and how faithful it is to history, as well as their thoughts on bringing these powerful monarchs to life. Our gallery has been updated with images of their appearance, and you can watch the video below.
W Magazine has released their yearly list of Best Performances, and Saoirse is featured on the issue for Mary Queen of Scots and On Chesil Beach.
Saoirse Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots and On Chesil Beach
“This is the first time I’ve played any queen or monarch. Mary had to hold herself in a certain way when she was presenting herself at court, but when she was on her own, in her intimate quarters, she was quite different. I began to feel like a bit of a boss. A boss queen!”
Did you learn any royal skills?
Yes, I learned to ride. My horse in the film was also Wonder Woman’s horse—his name is Prince, and he is the biggest diva I’ve ever met. Prince doesn’t do anything for anyone, especially me, and had a nervous cough that you’d hear right before we’d do a take. Everything I did was for that horse, just to get his approval.
Saoirse is in the February cover of Harper’s Bazaar UK! She talked to Erica Wagner about British monarchs, Irish borders and whether history will repeat itself in the age of Brexit. The featured images, as well as the cover, have been added to our photo gallery. You can read the article below!
Saoirse Ronan on British monarchs, Irish borders and Mary Queen of Scots
She was the Queen who might have been. Mary Stuart was the daughter of James V of Scotland and his French wife, Mary of Guise; born in 1542, her charm, beauty and education made her as remarkable a figure as England’s Elizabeth I and indeed, as the great-niece of Henry VIII, there were those who thought her the legitimate heir to the English throne. It is the rivalry between these two women that is the focus of Josie Rourke’s captivating film Mary Queen of Scots – the eponymous heroine embodied by Saoirse Ronan, and Elizabeth by Margot Robbie. Now, on a sunny Sunday morning in Massachusetts, Ronan and I are chatting about the film – and much else besides – though the woman before me seems far from the regal figure I’ve seen onscreen, in a thick cardigan and candy-striped pyjama bottoms. It’s her one day off a week from filming Greta Gerwig’s second directorial outing, an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. She’s curled up on the sofa, nursing a cold and sipping tea through a straw, but her conversation is lively, funny, warm; and as soon as I’m in her presence I feel as if we’ve known each other for years.
The conflict between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I would, as we know, eventually lead to Mary’s execution. Rourke’s film is a depiction of the balance of power between them: in a certain sense it’s almost incidental that both are women. ‘The interesting thing is that they’re so similar in many ways,’ says Ronan. ‘The rivalry is almost created by the
lords and advisors around them. They used to write to each other all the time, and we
have a scene in the film where Mary says of Elizabeth, “Nobody understands my situation except her.” I think that’s an interesting thing to see in a political drama, that you’ve got these two people who have been turned into enemies by the people around them, but really they are sisters first and foremost. There’s an incredible strength that comes from acknowledging that.’
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Saoirse has joined the cast of “The French Dispatch”, a new movie by director Wes Anderson! She previously worked with him in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” back in 2014, as well as with actors Léa Seydoux, Bill Murray, and Tilda Swinton, who have also joined his new project.
We thought there couldn’t possibly be any more casting announcements for Wes Anderson’s already thoroughly starry latest, The French Dispatch. But it turns out there’s one more name we didn’t yet know. Saoirse Ronan, who worked with Anderson previously in The Grand Budapest Hotel, has confirmed that she is indeed on the call sheet – although she didn’t reveal anything about the character she’s playing or the size of the role.
As well as Ronan and Anderson, it also marks a reunion for the actress and Timothée Chalamet, with whom she starred in Greta Gerwig’s excellent Lady Bird. The pair will also both be in Gerwig’s Little Women.
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Anderson has already started work on The French Dispatch, his first live-action since Grand Budapest, after the stop-motion sidestep Isle Of Dogs. The new film is operating under a veil of typical secrecy, but is so far described as “a love letter to journalists” (thanks, Wes!) and set in the 20th Century in the Parisian office of an American newspaper (kids, ask your parents). Three discrete storylines will, we hear, weave their way around each other.
Benicio Del Toro and Jeffrey Wright are also in the cast, alongside some returning Anderson veterans Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Anderson regular Bill Murray, and we can just picture the Parisian party-crashing going on there. Rumours pointed to the possible involvement of Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt and Léa Seydoux, but there has been no confirmation on any of them just yet.
The film will shoot well into 2019 for a likely release in 2020.
Saoirse visited the SiriusXM studios earlier today to promote “Mary, Queen of Scots”! Our gallery has been updated with images of her appearance.
According to Deadline, Saoirse and Kate Winslet are set to star in a film called “Ammonite”. It is a romance-drama from “God’s Own Country” writer-director Francis Lee. You can read more about the project below.
EXCLUSIVE: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are attached to star in romance-drama Ammonite from God’s Own Country writer-director Francis Lee. Talk about prestige casting.
Widows and Lion producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce the film alongside Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly (Lady Macbeth). The pic, which instantly becomes one of the hottest projects in the works out of the UK, was developed by See-Saw, the BFI and BBC Films.
Set in a UK coastal town in the 1820s, the drama will follow the unlikely romance between palaeontologist Mary Anning and a London woman of means to whom she must unexpectedly play nursemaid. Production is due to start in March.
Lee’s Sundance darling God’s Own Country, about the romance between two young male farmhands, was a critical hit and a box office breakout in the UK. The festival favorite picked up a slew of awards and also was BAFTA-nominated.
Oscar winner Winslet is in post on Avatar 2 and is filming the drama Blackbird. Three-time Oscar nominee Ronan is onscreen with Margot Robbie in Working Title and Universal’s Mary Queen of Scots.
Saoirse was sighted arriving at Heathrow Airport in London earlier today. Our gallery has been updated with the images.
Saoirse attended The Fashion Awards a few nights ago! It was on the same night of the European Premiere of “Mary Queen of Scots”, so we ended up leaving this update behind for a bit. Images of her at the event have been uploaded to our gallery!
Saoirse attended the European premiere of “Mary Queen of Scots” earlier tonight! Our gallery has been updated with photos of her at the event. For photos of her co-star Margot Robbie, make sure you visit our friends’ fansite: margot-robbie.com.