Saoirse to star in classic with Oscar-winner Bening
SAOIRSE Ronan has landed a major movie roll in an all-star adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic The Seagull.
The Irish actress will join Oscar-winner Annette Bening in a new version of the 1896 play.
Theatre and film director Michael Mayer will take charge behind the cameras.
The new version of the play is based on a script by Stephen Karam, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Sons of the Prophet.
The film will also star House of Cards' Corey Stoll and newcomer Billy Howle.
The movie was promoted to investors at last week's Cannes Film Festival, and it is expected to begin shooting in New York this summer.
The Seagull tells the story of fading actress Irina's relationship with her son Konstantin, a playwright who is in love with a bright actress, Nina.
It's expected that Saoirse (21) will play Nina while Bening will be cast as Irina.
The Carlow actress has won widespread acclaim for her current movie role in Stockholm, Pennsylvania in which she plays a kidnapped girl kept in a basement by her captor.
Co-star Jason Isaacs has heaped praise on Saoirse's talent.
"Although I'm nine times her age, I've been a huge fan of Saoirse Ronan for a long, long time. I just think she's got it, whatever it is," he said recently.
"There's just something that happens to her when someone calls action that she's absolutely in the moment and transforms."