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Saoirse Ronan Joins Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ with Fiennes, Norton, Wilson, Brody & Law

Saoirse Ronan Joins Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' with Fiennes, Norton, Wilson, Brody & Law

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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@Ginger: I see no problem of the writer making a distinction since it indicates that the actress is "the" lead, for her gender, since there could be other females joining the cast. People will be wondering who will have the most screen time so it makes absolute perfect sense. It's not sexist or demeaning, like you have read into it. You're overreacting, and not for a good reason – rather childish actually.

ginger liu

Don't forget to mention that one of the guys in the film will play the "male lead." I'm glad you told us that Ronan will play the "female lead," just in case we're not sure that she's a woman, female, not male or a man, you know like, Kathryn Bigelow isn't a "Director," she's a "Female Director," just in case we get confused. You may also want to add that Denzel Washington is a "Black Actor" and John Travolta is a "White Actor," just to cover your bases.

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