Variety reported yesterday evening that our ‘The Host’ headliner, Saoirse Ronan, has signed on for a film adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s book “How I Live Now”. You can read the article here:
“Hanna” star Saoirse Ronan is set to topline Kevin Macdonald’s “How I Live Now,” an indie drama based on the 2004 novel by Meg Rosoff.
Ronan will play Daisy, 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.
Jeremy Brock (Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland”) and Tony Grisoni wrote the script. Film 4 is producing the pic with Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind of Cowboy Films.
Ronan is currently filming Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” and will next be seen opposite Alexis Bledel in Geoffrey Fletcher’s teen assassin pic “Violet & Daisy.” Irish thesp is also set to topline Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s young adult novel “The Host.”
Ronan is repped by CAA and Macfarlane Chard.
What’s interesting to me is to look at the films that Ronan is choosing to participate in lately. Starting with ‘Hanna’, her films seem to be largely survival-based. I’m not sure if ‘Byzantium’ fits with that category, but since ‘Hanna’, she has signed on for ‘The Host’, the “Violet and Daisy” film mentioned in the above article where she plays a teen assassin, and now this film where she is having to survive in the woods during WWII. I’m not against an actress choosing to play tough-girl characters at all, in fact I applaud it, but I also worry that she may end up type-casting herself and only be able to land similar roles in the future, as well. I’ve always been impressed by actors (and actresses) who were able to play a wide range of characters as that shows their true acting potential.
Do you guys feel that she may putting herself in a box that could hurt her future career? Other thoughts?