Fourth Oscar nod on cards as release of Saoirse's latest timed for awards
Saoirse Ronan could be shooting for Oscar glory again next year as her upcoming biopic Mary Queen of Scots has been rescheduled for release right before awards season.
The Carlow actress (23) has the lead role in the biopic of the tragic Scottish queen.
Originally slated to hit screens in November, movie bosses have pushed back the film's release date to December 7, according to film industry bible Deadline.
The first weekend of December is prime time for the release of films hoping to be considered for Oscars.
The Shape of Water and Black Swan, both previous nominees for the Best Picture award, were released during that week, while actress Natalie Portman also scooped the Best Actress award for her role in the latter.
Saoirse plays the title role of Mary Stuart, who reigned over Scotland from 1542 to 1567.
She stars alongside fellow Oscar nominee Margot Robbie, who plays her cousin and long-time rival Queen Elizabeth I.
Determined to rule as more than a figurehead, Mary tries to assert her power over the English throne.
The film also stars former Doctor Who actor David Tennant, who plays cleric John Knox, and Dunkirk actor Jack Lowden, who plays Lord Darnley, Mary's second husband.
It is another lead role for Saoirse and many will undoubtedly be hoping it gives her another Oscar nomination.
She has already been nominated three times, with her most recent being at this year's ceremony for her lauded performance in Lady Bird.
Although she lost out on the award to Frances McDormand, she did receive a Golden Globe for her efforts.
She was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Atonement in 2008 and for Best Actress in 2016 for her lead role in Brooklyn.
Having recently starred in On Chesil Beach, her other upcoming project is drama film, The Seagull.