Saoirse Ronan, Oscar nominated for her role in 50s-set romance Brooklyn at the Academy Awards next week, is to star in an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s 2007 book, On Chesil Beach.
The novel, which was shortlisted for the Booker prize, takes place in 1962, during a young couple’s honeymoon in Dorset. It will mark Ronan’s second McEwan adaptation before the age of 22, following Joe Wright’s Atonement, which won Ronan her first Oscar nomination.
The film will be directed by Dominic Cooke, whose previous credits have mainly been in the theatre, where he was artistic director of the Royal Court. A co-star has not yet been announced.
It is being produced by Number 9 Films, who were the driving force behind Carol and Youth. Said producer Elizabeth Karlsen: “It’s an extremely exciting prospect to be reunited with Saoirse Ronan on such a beautiful and heartbreaking project.”