Number 9 Films has announced that Billy Howle (The Sense of an Ending, The Seagull) who will play the lead role of Edward Mayhew opposite Saoirse Ronan’s (Brooklyn, Atonement) Florence Ponting in On Chesil Beach.
“I’m very excited about working with Billy on this brilliantly written role,” said director Dominic Cooke (The Hollow Crown). “He has the perfect mix of charisma, intelligence and vulnerability for Edward and is a subtle and intelligent actor. The chemistry between him and Saoirse is electric and I can’t wait to start working with them both.”
“The search for Edward has been long and thorough so it is a relief and a joy to have at last cast someone in this part,” added producer Elizabeth Karlsen. “Billy has all the qualities of intelligence, youth and sensitivity needed to play opposite Saoirse in this challenging and complex role. He is a very fine actor and we are delighted to have him on board.”
On Chesil Beach is based upon Ian McEwan’s 2007 Booker Prize shortlisted bestseller and is described as “a tender story which shows how the entire course of a life can be changed – by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.”