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Saoirse Ronan


  1. Evana Lynch, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix, 2007.      Lynch had written to JK Rowling, proposing her services. The suits never know this when falling for her audition. “She is Luna!” cried producer David Barron, choosing her from some 29 others (including Ronan, Scarlett Byrne, Judo Temple). The Irish actress made her movie debut as Luna Lovegood - continuing in the rest of the series.
  2. Cate Blanchett, RobinHood, 2009.     The girl wonder from County Carlow says it’s: Sair-sha... Before the Sherwood project reached Sir Ridley Scott, the Atonement Oscar nominee was Marion (sic) - then preferred Aussie director Peter Weir’s The Way Back with Colin Farrell.(Ronan and Blanchettlater co-starred in Hanna, 2010).
  3. Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman, 2011.    Saoirse (she’s OK withSear-sha) and LilyCollins were the only actresses seen for the two rebooted Ms Whites of that year... Here she succumbed to Stewart’s Twilight clout. That was fine, people advised her not to move too quickly. “I don’t have to be constantly working. That’s not why I do it.I could do three films a year but I’d just be absolutely wrecked at the end of it.”
  4. Lily Collins, MirrorMirror, 2011.    She almost landed Snow White until director Tarsem Singh felt the age difference between her (17) and prince Armie Hammer (25) “was too big.”Not to mention, he was too tall! Lilyis the daughter of rock singer-drummer Phil Collins. Again it was OK. “It’s important to get home to Ireland to spend time with peoople who haven’t got anything to do with the filmbusiness.”
  5. Alicia Vikander, Anna Karenina, 2011.    Her agent advised against the support role as it could preventher taking better offers. Sure enough, during the shoot, Saoirse knocked off leads in Byzantium and The Host.
  6. Dakota Fanning, Effie, 2011     Both Saoirse (shedislikes Sair-Sha) and Carey Mulligan had been attached to the titular Euphemic Gray- teenage bride of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin (played by Greg Wise, husband of the writer and co-star Emma Thompson). Dakota had also been among Ronan’s rivals for Snow White.
  7. Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now, 2012.     The Bronx marvel was first to be offered Aimee - which, finally, fortunately, changed Woodley’s mind about quitting acting as nothing good, never mind exceptional, had come her way since The Descendants in 2010. Ironically, her co-star Brie Larson was going the same agonising thought process. They were both regarded as the new Jennifer Lawrence. JLaw and BLar have an Oscar each, Woodley’s cannot be far away. In, alas, one of his final reviews, Roger Ebert was praised the girls “who look, speak and feel like real 18-year-old middle-American human beings. Do you have any idea how rare that is.”
  8. Emma Watson, Noah, 2013.    Bella Heathcoite impressed with her audition but Dakota Fanny was the (impossibly fully booked) first choice of auteur Darren Aronofsky for the daughter of his life-long fascination with “a dark, complicated character who experiences real survivor's guilt.”And a lot of water.  Enter: Emma from, one best-selling book to another.
  9. Amy Adams, Man of Steel, 2013.
  10. Kate Mara, Fantastic Four, 2014.      Marvel wanted the Four back and offered Fox an extension on its Daredevil II plans. No way! In the mix for the third Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman were Ronan, Sasha Pieterse, Margot Robbie, Emmy Rossum, Samira Wiley and director Josh Trank’s favourite: Allison Williams. He then bullied Mara for being the Fox choice. Film flopped. (Only ever made to save the rights). Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy called it “a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens.” Marvel icon Stan Lee saw it coming and refused his usual seal-of-approval cameo.

  11. Lily James, Cinderella, 2014.   On the pumpkin list for Disney’s live-action version were Ronan, Bella Heathcote, Imogen Poots, Margot Robbie, Amanda Seyfried, Alicia Vikander, Gabrielle Wilde. (Amanda Seyfried’s previous role obviously counted against her at Disney - Linda Lovelace!). And the slipper went to… Lily James, Downton Abbeys bright young Lady Rose. She went on to be Natasha Rostova in the BBC’s 2016 War and Peace. And Juliet opposite her Prince Charming, Richard Madden, as Romeo.
  12. Elizabeth Olsen, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2014.   Lindsay Lohan and Sasha Pieterse were also for Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, in the second Avengers summit meeting. . Saoirse perfected   her US accent by watching Seinfeld.
  13. Kate Mara, The Fantastic Four, 2014.   For the Marvel reboot,  second-time director Josh Trank mused over Ronan, Margot Robbie and Allison Williams for Susan Storm, better known as The Invisible Woman. Or, indeed, now better known as Mara.  They were all lucky to escape   what Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy called “a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens.”.  
  14. Alicia Vikander,  Testament of Youth, 2014.   Ronan dropped Vera Brittain’s early autobigraphy, losing all her men friends to The Great War - as the hectic Ronan career took on a geographical stance with Stockholm, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn. And so, Britain went to a (gorgeous) Swede.
  15. Allison Sudol, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. 2015. Established actresses Ronan, Dakota Fanninng, Lili Simmons and Kristen Stewart were short-listed for the bombshell Queenie, eventual sister-in-law of JK Rowling’s new hero, wizard-magizoologist Newton Artemis Fido ‘Newt’ Scamanderin the first of a trilogy (in five parts.. and 54 years before Harry Potter was born). An alternative singer-songwriter (with the band, A Fine Frenzy),author and actres, Sudol was won over by the way casting agent Fiona Weir talked about Queenie: incredibly empathetic, kind; seen as a beauty, but that ‘s not how she sees herself ; very feminine, incredibly perceptive and lovely. "Then she said that she was a witch and I didn't know what was happening!"
  16. Alicia Vikander, Tomb Raider, 2017.    Lara Croft is the girls’ James Bond.  Many tried to succeed Angelina Jolie  from her 2000 version - she won it from  20 candidates.  Two dozen lost to the Swedish Vikander, on a roll with her 2016 Danish Girl Oscar and Ex Machinarobot…The Franchise Brigade was represented by two from the Percy Jackson flicks (Alexandra Daddario, Rosario Dawson), two Terminators (Emilia Clarke, Summer Glau), two Underworlders (Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra) and three Twilighters (Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Kristen Stewart who simply refused). Plus 007’s Gemma Arterton, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson, Marvel’s Wanda Maximioff (Elizabeth Olsen), Star Wars’Daisy Ridley, Transformers’ Megan Fox, TRON’s Olivia Wilde, X Men’s Jennifer Lawrence,  Other also-rans were: Jessica Biel (as perfect as Dawson), Emily Blunt, Emily Browning, Cara Delevingne (Vikander’s co-star in Tulip Fever,2017), Nina Dobrev, Anne Hathaway, Sienna Miller (too mild, surely), Saoirse Ronan and Moon’s Kaya Scodelario.



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