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Saoirse Ronan reveals why she had to drop out of the Barbie movie: ‘I was gutted’

Saoirse Ronan was all set to appear in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie starring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie.

Gerwig has twice directed Ronan in the critically lauded films, Lady Bird (2017) and Little Women (2019).

In a new interview with People, Ronan revealed that she was supposed to make a cameo appearance in the film but it didn’t pan out due to a scheduling conflict.

“I live in London and they were [filming] there,” the actor explained.

“There was a whole character I was going to play – another Barbie,” Ronan said. “I was gutted I couldn’t do it.”

Sadly, Ronan was busy filming The Outrun, The Unforgivable director Nora Fingscheidtan’s upcoming drama about a recovering alcoholic living on the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan

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Ronan added that she’s since texted Robbie and Gerwig asking if there is any chance she can still appear in Barbie in some capacity. “I’m like, ‘If you’re doing any pick-up [shots], maybe I can just walk through the background?’” she said.

Ronan next appears in Tom George’s (This Country) debut, See How They Run, as a 1950s London police officer opposite Sam Rockwell.

You can read The Independent’s three-star review of the film here.

See How They Run is in cinemas from 9 September

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