Tom George, the director of the new Saoirse Ronan film See how they worksaid the Irish star was “on a list of ones” for her role in the crime comedy and credited her with the “domino effect” of other A-listers signing up for the acclaimed film.
Set in the West End in 1953 and centered on a murder at a party to celebrate Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap, See how they work puts world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and over-eager Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) on the case – with hilarious results.
In an interview with the Hollywood journalist about his big-screen debut, director George was asked to reveal the actor who “kicked the ball rolling” when it came to casting See how they work.
“Saoirse Ronan,” he replied. “Saoirse was the first person we thought of for Agent Stalker.”
George continued: “It was one of those situations where you have a list of it, and so we gave it to Saoirse. And she loved the script. We had a conversation, kind of like this , then she came on board. So it was definitely a domino effect.
“Pretty soon after, we had David Oyelowo and Sam Rockwell on board, and that’s when we felt we were really onto something. It helped communicate what we were hoping to do with the film.
“There’s a version of this script where everything went up to eleven and played incredibly arch and theatrical, but having Sam, David and Saoirse attached to that gave a really useful clue to other people reading the script.
“Throughout the set there is an exciting mix of big-screen film actors and British comedic talent, and it was very exciting to see them come together.”
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