“Ammonite” Puts Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan Centre Stage

Written by God’s Own Country director and writer Francis Lee, Ammonite is inspired the life of palaeontologist Mary Anning.

Kate Winslet / Ronan - Ammonite

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan will appear together in one of the hottest films coming out of the UK – Ammonite. Although the actresses have never worked together before, they are about to get pretty close in this movie.

Written by God’s Own Country director and writer Francis Lee, Ammonite is “set in a UK coastal town in the 1820s [and] follows an unlikely romance between palaeontologist Mary Anning and a London woman of means to whom she must unexpectedly play nursemaid,” according to Deadline.

Mary Anning was an English fossil collector, dealer and palaeontologist, credited with some of the most significant fossil findings in history. Her findings changed the scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

Both actresses have been really busy this year, with Winslet finishing the filming for James Cameron’s Avatar 2 and currently filming Roger Michell’s drama Blackbird and Ronan recently finishing shooting next year’s hotly anticipated Little Women. Ronan can also be currently seen in the theatres, starring in the period drama Mary Queen of Scots.

God’s Own Country was Lee’s first feature film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it won the World Cinema Directing Award. The tender gay romance between a young sheep farmer in Yorkshire and a Romanian migrant worker went on to become a critical and box office hit, earning a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding British Film and a spot in the top twenty of Britain’s highest-grossing indie films of the year.

In the production of Ammonite, Lee will be joined by The King’s Speech producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, along with Lady MacBeth producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly. The production is expected to begin in March.

Cristina Diaconu
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