She's still only 14 but she already owns an Oscar nomination, and her talent is so positively remarked upon that the sky seems to be the limit for actress Saoirse Ronan, a New Yorker by birth, but raised in Co. Carlow by her former New York resident parents Paul and Monica. Saoirse enjoyed a rare break in Ireland last week, and she used part of her time to promote the upcoming Jameson Dublin International Film Festival which takes place later this month. Not that she'll get to enjoy the delights of home for very long, as she's just signed to co-star in a World War II themed movie alongside fellow Irish actor Colin Farrell. "No Way Back" tells the story of a group of soldiers trying to escape from a Siberian labor camp during the war, and is based on a memoir written by Slavomir Rawicz. Filming starts next month in Bulgaria, and the project also co-stars Americans Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess. "I play a young Polish girl who comes across these escapees from a Soviet camp and we set out on a journey together," Saoirse said. "I'm really looking forward to working with Colin Farrell. It was great he won a Golden Globe for 'In Bruges,' and it's great to be working with another Irish person." The Dublin festival has lured a bunch of A-listers, so the paparazzi better load their cameras. Clive Owen will be there, as will Colin Firth and Liam Neeson, riding high these days as his new film, "Taken," topped the U.S. box office last weekend with takings of $24.6 million. And speaking of Colin Farrell, he's hotter than a pistol in the days since his Golden Globe win. In addition to "No Way Back," he's also confirmed to star with Keira Knightley in a film called "London Boulevard," a crime drama based on a novel by the popular Ken Bruen. Colin will play a criminal who gets out of prison and embarks on a new life, serving as a handyman for Knightley's reclusive actress. The project gets underway in London this summer.
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