Saoirse Ronan Will Lead Kevin Macdonald's Indie 'How I Live Now'

December 14, 2011
Source: Variety

Saoirse Ronan / How I Live Now

In the past four years, 17-year old actress Saoirse Ronan has enjoyed quite an interesting round of films from Atonement to Hanna, and even a great performance in the The Lovely Bones, even if the film itself left something to be desired. Currently Ronan is shooting Byzantium and will also star in the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, as well as the teenage assassin flick Violet & Daisy with Alexis Bledel. Now Variety has word that the actress has also signed for How I Live Now, an indie drama from Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, The Eagle) based on Meg Rosoff's 2004 novel of the same name.

Strangely enough, Ronan is also playing a character named Daisy in this adaptation of the story about a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England to spend the summer with family in the English countryside. When World War II breaks out and insurgents invade, Daisy and a younger girl named Piper must survive alone in the woods as they try to make it to safety. Tony Grisoni (Red Riding Trilogy) and Jeremy Brock, who wrote The Last King of Scotland for Macdonald previously, are behind the script which sounds like an interesting return to drama for the filmmaker, especially with Ronan's talents involved.

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  • Xerxexx
    She great in everything from what I've noticed.
  • Jill
    "and even a great performance in the The Lovely Bones, even if the film itself left something to be desired." Seriously, whenever someone mentions her performance in TLB they usually resort to dismissing the film. Why can't people just say she was great in TLB and leave out the politics. It's gets old real fast.
    • It's an opinion about the film as a whole. What does that have to do with "the politics" at all?
      • Jill
        Like I said, it's just really tiring to see that film slammed when whenever people list her past films. "She also starred in TLB, a horrible film, but her performance was great, " or "She was one of the couple redeeming factors of TLB." Was there a memo that was sent out to every writer to be passive aggressive about it? If people go out of their way to dismantle that movie, why not praise the others? I see no praise for Atonement and Hanna, just mentioning that she was in it.
  • Merc
    She was fantastic in Hanna, as well.
  • Kevin
    She's also turning into one of the most beautiful women in the world.  She is gorgeous.
  • Boydsey
    What did The Lovely Bones leave to be desired, Jackson's direction? Why did critics devour the film? Did the movie suffer because of his depiction of the afterlife? Was his fundamental composition flawed? Not in my opinion. TLB was a good film, not perfect, was seen and enjoyed by many, and had one of the finest young actresses in film today turn in a captivating performance as the main character. I couldn't imagine another actress have such an impact in so tough a role.  How Ronan wasn't nominated for an Oscar is beyond belief? 




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