Back in 2007, Saoirse Ronan gave her first Oscar-nominated performance when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Atonement. That film was based on the 2001 novel of the same name by author Ian McEwan. And now, history repeats itself as next Ronan will star in an upcoming adaptation of McEwan’s 2007 novel On Chesil Beach. The synopsis is as follows:
In England in 1962, a young couple finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
Ronan seems to be a strong actress no matter what role she takes on, but her strongest films tend to perform a balancing act of telling a fresh story within the confines of moments of history where commentary on that era is given through the experiences of the characters. In fact, all three of her Oscar nominations (Including her recent performance in Lady Bird) tend to deal with this concept. It’s for this reason I am curious about this film, particularly because she is one of the few actresses who can carry a film with subtly and quiet contemplation, which makes her moments of divulging emotion all that more impacting. So check out the first trailer for On Chesil Beach below:
On Chesil Beach co-stars Billy Howle. It is directed by Dominic Cooke, in his directorial debut, and is set to hit theaters in the US on May 18, 2018 followed by a June 15th release in the UK.