Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for an Oscar for her breakthrough role as 13 year old Briony Tallis in the 2007 adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement, is set to star in the new film of his Booker-shortlisted novel On Chesil Beach.
She will play Florence, a young and talented violinist who dreams of a career on the concert stage. Casting of her lover, the earnest young history student Edward, is yet to be announced.
Saoirse (represented by Macfarlane Chard in the UK and Ireland) is also currently Oscar nominated for her role in 1950s-set romance Brooklyn at the Academy Awards which take place next week.
Set in England in 1962, On Chesil Beach follows Florence, one half of two young lovers, in the touching story of how their unexpressed misunderstandings and fears on their honeymoon, shape the rest of their lives. It is a tender story that shows how the entire course of a life can be changed – by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
The film is produced by Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, the team behind Oscar-nominated Carol and Youth. Dominic Cooke will direct the project,
“It’s an extremely exciting prospect to be reunited with Saoirse Ronan on such a beautiful and heartbreaking project,” said Elizabeth Karlsen. “This will continue Number 9 Films’ tradition of high quality and prestigious adaptions that our production company is now renowned for.”
On Chesil Beach is expected to shoot this autumn.