After receiving her third Oscar nomination by the age of 23, Saoirse Ronan will follow up “Lady Bird” with a return to her period drama roots, starring alongside four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening for an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s stage classic “The Seagull.” Originally written in 1895, “The Seagull” is the Russian playwright’s first of four major plays. “The Seagull” has seen countless stage adaptations over the years, including ballets, operas and two film adaptations — one directed by Sidney Lumet. A recently released trailer positions the drama as a comedy of errors, showcasing the immense acting talent who were clearly drawn to the classic material.
The new adaptation stars Bening as the fading actress Irina Arkadina, Ronan as the pretty ingenue Nina, Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) as the famous writer Boris Trigorin, Billy Howle as the lovesick Konstantin, and Elisabeth Moss as his admirer Masha. Set on a Russian country estate, “The Seagull” follows the romantic and personal conflicts of a dynamic cast of characters, featuring multiple love triangles and a play-within-the-play.
Broadway director Michael Mayer directed the adaptation from a script by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam. Sony Pictures Classics will release “The Seagull” on May 11.
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Check out the delightful trailer below.