Thursday, October 24, 2013

Saorise Ronan Moves to Brooklyn


I love it when we get to hear Saorise Ronan speaking with her native Irish accent. Which we''ll be hearing when she takes over for Rooney Mara in the newly revived adapation of Colm Toibin's Brooklyn!  I first wrote about the Nick Hornby adaptation last December!

Director John Crowly told IndieWire "I’m gonna make a film called Brooklyn which is an adaptation of a novel by Colm Tóibín which Nick Hornby has adapted. We’re going to do it next year," he said. "That’s a story about emigration from Ireland to America in the fifties. A young woman, who’s going to be played by Saoirse Ronan, about her story in America."



The IndieWire piece reveals more of the storyline -maybe too much so - "Brooklyn is the story of "Ellis Lacey, a young Irish woman in the 1950s who is unable to find work at home and is persuaded by Father Flood to emigrate to New York. Her initial stint in the Big Apple is dry, as her life revolves around work in a department store, night school for bookkeeping and her confinement by the strict rules of the boarding house in which she lives. She soon falls in love with an Italian plumber, but a letter from back home changes her life all over again."

I absolutely adored this book - although not so much the ending - and while Rooney was quite the type I had in mind as Ellis (quietly pretty), Ronan with her more wispy aura fits the bill too. And as the piece makes clear, both are exceptional actors.

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