Saoirse Ronan, in her very brief career, has been incredibly fortunate. At just 17 years old, she's worked with some acclaimed filmmakers, from Amy Heckerling to Peter Weir, and has shared the screen with the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett (in the forthcoming action thriller Hanna). Now she's reuniting with her The Lovely Bones director Peter Jackson on what could be the movie-event of the decade - his Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit.
The Irish Film and Television Network reports that Ronan has signed on to fill an undisclosed role in the highly anticipated picture (though some claim she'll portray Itaril), which has just been slightly delayed again due to Jackson's illness. She joins a cast that includes returning franchise stars like Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellen in addition to newbies like Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman and Aidan Turner among countless others.
Ronan possesses a similarly ethereal look that Liv Tyler had as the Elf Princess Arwen in the original trilogy; a trait that will work to her advantage in accurately portraying whatever Middle-Earthly character she takes on. Her involvement doesn't surprise me, having already worked with Jackson (lucky broad) who likes to keep his cast familiar from picture to picture. Now if filming could just start...