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12 August 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Magnolia Pictures

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Saoirse Ronan continues to make canny choices that both cast her at the top of strong projects and display her impressive range. We last saw her as a shy English vampire in Neil Jordan's Byzantium, and now here's our first look at her as the brash American refugee at the centre of How I Live Now. The film is based on Meg Rosoff's novel, and directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King Of Scotland, The Eagle).

As you'll have gleaned from that, Ronan is Daisy, evacuated from the States to her extended family in the English countryside thanks to the small inconvenience of a third world war. She's initially resentful, but soon adapts to the change of pace, thanks in no small part to the presence of her cousin Edmund (George MacKay). The war eventually reaches even Daisy's bucolic idyll however, and while the kids initially refuse to be moved, the arrival of enemy forces leads to serious drama.

While we're sure about the soundtrack, there are some beautiful touches in the trailer: particularly the far-off nuclear detonation that Daisy and co. experience as a sudden snow flurry. The novel has a post-war section that isn't on display, but it's tough to gauge how faithful an adaptation this is on the strength of two minutes, so those elements may yet appear. There's no sign of Daisy's Oslo-stranded Aunt Penn either, but the cast list tells us she's played by Anna Chancellor, so she will be making an appearance.

Ronan's other co-stars include MacKay and Tom Holland. How I Live Now is out in UK cinemas on October 4. The excellent source novel is published by Penguin.


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RE: Ronan's roaming accent
Once the movie comes out, for some reason I feel her fans will say it's a "perfect" American accent to even saying "I heard the NYer accent! It was just a subtle one. You must be deaf!" I must be. Fanboys. More

Posted by OfficeSpace at 09:06 on 15 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Ronan's roaming accent
Right. Well, unless both her parents are meant to be Irish in the film, her accent's way off the mark. More

Posted by launcelot at 20:19 on 14 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: I like Saoirse Ronan
L: TheColumnist Think you mean Atonement rather than Never Let Me Go, which was a big success. loody hell - NLMG was Carey Mulligan! I absolutely had it in my head that it was Ronan. How weird. Must be the Knightley / Atonement connection, as you say. More

Posted by Osric at 09:17 on 13 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Ronan's roaming accent
L: launcelot Her accent flips worryingly from American to Irish in this. Which is she meant to be? he's playing an American teenager from Manhattan - though she fails to put on even a subtle NYer accent (I guess it depends on where the character grew up and all, but still ... ). But I agree, her accent was a bit uneven, dropping it here and there - nothing too much, though. More

Posted by OfficeSpace at 06:45 on 13 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: I like Saoirse Ronan
Think you mean Atonement rather than Never Let Me Go, which was a big success. More

Posted by TheColumnist at 20:38 on 12 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: I like Saoirse Ronan
L: Roderich she is a fine actress but i can't remember a movie with her (as an adult) that didn't bomb or at least disappointed. ever Let Me Go, Hanna, The Way Back, Byzantium... Just cos nobody saw them doesn't mean they aren't good. More

Posted by Osric at 17:24 on 12 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: I like Saoirse Ronan
L: Roderich she is a fine actress but i can't remember a movie with her (as an adult) that didn't bomb or at least disappointed. his. More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 12:25 on 12 August 2013 | Report This Post

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