Saoirse Ronan (represented by MacFarlane Chard in the UK) has been cast in the lead role of New Yorker Daisy in the up-coming film adaptation of Meg Rosoff's best-selling young adult novel How I Live Now.
Daisy is a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England to spend the summer with family in the English countryside. When World War III breaks out and insurgents invade, Daisy and her young cousin Piper must survive alone in the woods as they try to make it to safety.
Kevin McDonald, who helmed the BAFTA and Oscar-winning Last King of Scotland, is to direct from a screenplay by Jeremy Brock and Toni Grisoni.
Here's the book's synopsis:
15 year old Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert and Piper. And two dogs and a goat. She's never met anyone quite like them before - and, as a dreamy English summer progresses, Daisy finds herself caught in a timeless bubble. It seems like the perfect summer. But their lives are about to explode.
Falling in love is just the start of it. War breaks out - a war none of them understands, or really cares about, until it lands on their doorstep. The family is separated. The perfect summer is blown apart. Daisy's life is changed forever - and the world is too.
Saoirse is currently shooting vampire thriller Byzantium alongside Gemma Arterton in Co Wicklow, Ireland.