Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan is on board for LADY BIRD. The film, written and to be directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Ronan as a high school senior spending her last year at home in Sacramento. Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and Evelyn O’Neill are producing, with IAC Films financing.
Coming off of Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG nominations for her performance in John Crowley’s Brooklyn, last week Ronan added an Oscar nom for Best Actress. It’s her second Oscar nomination; the first was for her breakthrough turn in Atonement.
Ronan, who recently wrapped an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, is set to make her Broadway debut this spring in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which Rudin is also producing. Her previous credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hanna, and The Lovely Bones. She is repped by CAA and Macfarlane Chard.
This is Gerwig’s first solo feature writing and directing effort. She co-wrote Frances Ha and Mistress America with director Noah Baumbach, also starring in both films, and she co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg. No word on whether Gerwig will step in front of the camera for Lady Bird
Her latest film, Todd Solondz’s ensemble dramedy Weiner-Dog, is premiering at Sundance. She also stars in the title role in Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan. Gerwig is repped by UTA and Management 360.
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Katia Juanita | Staff Writer