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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 2, 2012 at 12:43PM

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.
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Saoirse Ronan

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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.