It was Atonement, based on Ian McEwan’s novel, which placed Saoirse Ronan on the map (and earned her an Oscar nomination), and now she’s back in the writer’s playground with On Chesil Beach. Ronan recently received her third Oscar nod for her work in Lady Bird.
Based on McEwan’s 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach centers on Florence (Ronan), a violinist who marries a grad student named Eddy (Billy Howle). The narrative centers on their eventful honeymoon in the summer of 1962 as they explore their sexuality. The first few days of marriage should be a hot and heavy one, but instead these lovebirds have their share of conflicts. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Co-starring Emily Watson and Anne-Marie Duff,On Chesil Beach hits theaters May 18.
Saoirse Ronan, who is receiving raves this year for her work in Lady Bird, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at The Palm Springs International Festival (PSIFF). The event will take place January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center with Mary Hart serving as the host. The actress previously received the PSIFF International Star Award in 2016 for her work in Brooklyn, a role which led to an Oscar nomination.
“Saoirse Ronan delivers one of the most outstanding performances of this year as an outspoken high school student growing up in Sacramento in the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Following her exceptional performances in Atonement and Brooklyn, Ronan is sure to receive her third Academy Award nomination. It is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Saoirse Ronan.”
We reached back in our Hollywood Outbreak audio archives and found our previous interview with the actress as she talked about her first onscreen kiss (in the Amy Heckerling directed feature I Could Never Be Your Woman):
For her work in Lady Bird, Ronan has already won Best Actress at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
The Host is the first film for Saoirse Ronan wherein romance is a huge part of her character. Since the movie is based on a bestselling novel by Stephenie Meyer, supernatural elements balanced with love and a smattering of heartache is to be expected. The picture, which opens Friday, was directed by Andrew Niccol, whose best work includes the futuristic drama Gattaca and the Nicolas Cage feature Lord of War (he also directed Justin Timberlake in the 2011 film In Time).
During a recent interview with Saoirse Ronan, the actress remember her first on-screen kiss (she describes it as a “peck”), which occurred during the shooting of I Could Never Be Your Woman. Directed by Clueless filmmaker Amy Heckerling, the picture is headlined by Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd.
Click on the media bar below to hear Ronan talk about her first onscreen kiss:
Diane Kruger, whose film credits include Inglourious Basterds and Unknown, plays The Seeker, an alien searching for the remaining traces of humanity in The Host. Although The Seeker is from a peaceful race, their possession of human bodies is definitely a hostile takeover. With a young woman named Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) caught in a battle of wills with the alien who’s trying to take over her soul, The Seeker is on a mission to ensure Melanie loses her battle. Based on Stephenie Meyer’s best selling novel, The Host should be a hit when it opens in theaters March 29th.
For Kruger, taking part in The Host was a no-brainer thanks to the talent involved. “I’m a Twilight fan,” said Kruger. “But I love Andrew Niccol. Gattaca is one of my favorite films of all time and I thought (The Seeker) was really interesting. I didn’t read the book before they sent me the script…I thought it was really well written. I didn’t see that coming at all and I thought it would be something different and I wanted to be part of the cool kids club. I really enjoyed and I thought it was different and fun.”
In the clip below, Diane Kruger talks about her “magical” trip to Patagonia with companion Joshua Jackson (Fringe).
She’s just 18, but Saoirse Ronan has already amassed an impressive cinematic resume thanks to her collaborations with directors Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna), Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones), Peter Weir (The Way Back) and now, Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) with The Host.
Based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book, the narrative has Ronan playing a young woman named Melanie Stryder whose body is being taken over by an alien soul. The battle of wills between Melanie and the Wanderer serve as the heart of the film.
During the interviews for The Host, Ronan talked about the challenge of playing two roles in the story.
The Host, co-starring Diane Kruger, Max Irons, and Jake Abel, opens nationwide March 29th.