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Saoirse Ronan to Lead John Crowley's 'Brooklyn'
24 Oct 2013 : by Ruairí Moore
'How I Live Now' star to play Eilis Lacey in 1950's New York.
Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is set to take on the leading role in upcoming ‘Brooklyn’, adapted from the 2009 Colm Tóibín novel of the same name.

Director John Crowley has confirmed that Ms. Ronan will replace the originally-cast Rooney Mara (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’) as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant in 1950’s New York whose blossoming relationship with an Italian plumber is threatened when tragedy calls her home once more.

The ‘Intermission’ and ‘Boy A’ director dubbed the novel “exquisite”, and expressed high praise for the Nick Horny-adapted screenplay, hoping to tell a “story we’ve never seen on film, certainly not from Ireland yet”.

Mr. Crowley broke the news in an interview with Brendan Connelly of Bleeding Cool News while promoting his latest project, romantic thriller ‘Closed Circuit’, which is due to premiere in Irish cinemas on Friday October 25th.

Ms. Ronan - who has received six IFTAs, an Oscar nomination and myriad other awards over the course of her career – will next be seen in Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and the Ryan Gosling-directed ‘How To Catch A Monster’.

‘About Time’ star Domhnall Gleeson has also been linked to the project, which is to be produced by Finola Dwyer of Wildgaze Films.

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