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Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet to Play 19th-Century Lovers in Ammonite

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan

It’s been a good year for period pieces about queer women with The Favourite, Colette, and Lizzie. Now it’s been announced that the sought-after Mary Queen of Scots star Saoirse Ronan and Oscar winner Kate Winslet will play lovers in the slightly May/December romance Ammonite from Francis Lee, the writer and director of the critically acclaimed gay-themed God’s Own Country.

While there’s not yet much out there about the plot, the story takes place in a coastal town in the United Kingdom circa 1820. It tells the story of a romance between Mary Anning, a paleontologist, and a “London woman of means to whom she must unexpectedly play nursemaid,” according to Deadline.

Ronan is the Oscar-nominated star of Brooklyn and Lady Bird who currently stars as Mary Stuart opposite Margot Robbie’s Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots. Winslet, an Oscar winner for The Reader, has previously played queer roles in her debut film, Heavenly Creatures (1994), and in the 2001 biopic Iris, about the bisexual writer Iris Murdoch.

Production on Ammonite begins in March, according to Deadline.

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