Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has signed up to star in How I live Now, the film adaptation of the novel by Meg Roskoff.
What is it with Saoirse (pronounced ‘Sersher’ in case you were wondering) Ronan and novel adaptations? She first gained notice and critical acclaim back in 2007, for her performance as Briony Tallis in Atonement. Having taken roles in The Lovely Bones and Hanna to name a couple more, she is set to play the lead role in Kevin Macdonald’s adaptation of How I Live Now.
The film will revolve around Daisy, an argumentative young New Yorker, who is sent to a remote farm in England to stay with her aunt. Quickly settling down in her life in the country, she is unexpectedly forced to live alone in the woods with her cousin Piper, after the third world war breaks out.
The novel, which was first published in 2006, will be adapted by Jeremy Brock, who collaborated with the director Kevin Macdonald on The Last King of Scotland, and Tony Grisoni.
Saoirse is no stranger to bringing novel characters to life, having taken roles in a few adaptations: Atonement by Ian McEwan and The Lovely Bones, based on the novel by Alice Sebold. And she has one other novel adaptation to complete before production will begin on How I Live Now.
The Host based on the novel by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, will be directed by Andrew Niccol. She will play a young girl fighting for control of her own body when an alien known as a Soul takes her over during an invasion.
“I think it seems incredibly challenging,” she said of The Host, “but [Andrew Niccol] knows exactly what to do so I feel very safe.”
The young Irish woman is also starring in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, which is set to wrap before The Host begins production at the start of next year. Then it’s on to How I live Now.
Not a busy 17year-old at all is she?