Saoirse Ronan will play the female lead in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” She joins a group of Anderson regulars, including Edward Norton (“Moonrise Kingdom”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenanbaums,” “The Darjeeling Limited”) and Adrien Brody (“Darjeeling”) as well as first timers Jude Law and Ralph Fiennes.
Anderson has revealed that “Hotel” is set in the late 1920s in a Hungarian hotel, and is in part inspired by the films of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder. Indian Paintbrush (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Darjeeling Limited”) is producing and shooting is scheduled for early 2013 in Germany.
Ronan also stars in Open Road’s “The Host” (March 2013) from “Twilight” novelist Stephanie Meyer, Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium,” and Geoffrey Fletcher’s “Violet & Daisy” (neither of which have scheduled releases). She is also attached to Working Title’s “Mary Queen of Scots.” Her last foray onscreen was Joe Wright’s “Hanna” in 2011. Wright also directed her to her first Oscar nomination in “Atonement.”
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