Variety report that Ronan will star in "How I Live Now," the adaptation of Meg Rosoff's award-winning 2004 young adult novel that will mark the latest film from Kevin MacDonald, director of "Touching The Void," "The Last King of Scotland" and "State of Play." The actress will play Daisy, a New Yorker staying with English cousins when World War III breaks out. As the country becomes occupied, she falls for her cousin, Edmond, and has to protect her younger cousin Piper from the invading troops.
The script comes from Jeremy Brock ('Last King of Scotland') and Tony Grisoni ("Red Riding"), which is some pretty good pedigree, and Film4 are backing the project along with Cowboy Films ("Top Boy"). Like, well, everyone, we were pretty much nonplussed by MacDonald's last film "The Eagle," but we're hoping that was a blip, as we've liked the rest of his work to one degree or another. He's also got his "Marley" documentary, which the filmmaker took over from Jonathan Demme, on the way, and we've high hopes for that too. Ronan is pretty much perfect casting, and the novel's powerful stuff, so there's every reason to hope that this'll be a return to form. There's no word on when it might start shooting, but with "The Host" looking to turn over early next year, it'll probably be next spring/summer, with a 2013 release to follow.