Saoirse Ronan felt "really disappointed" to turn down a role in 'The Hobbit'.
The 19-year-old actress was rumoured to be starring in the three part fantasy adventure, directed by Peter Jackson - whom she had previously worked with on 'The Lovely Bones' - but decided it would be better to focus on other projects.
She said:" There was talks about me playing the wood elf Itaril but I had to turn it down. I was really disappointed but there were other projects I had to consider and to spend a year doing 'The Hobbit' wouldn't have left me time for anything else."
The Irish star is currently filming Ryan Gosling's 'How to Catch a Monster, which she is finding "a bit twisted", and also has a string of other films in the pipeline.
She added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I'm filming 'How to Catch a Monster', which is Ryan Gosling's writing and directing debut and it's cool, dark and a bit twisted, too. It's about an underwater town, and the struggles of the characters living in this dilapidated place. And I'm in 'Violet & Daisy', in which I play a hit girl.
"'How I live Now' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' are all coming out in the next year. Then I'm due to play Mary Queen of Scots in a movie about her starting soon."
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Expecting the unexpected is par for the course for the members of ITSA Theatre Company, which is staging its annual Improvised Panto at the Half Moon Theatre in Cork from Dec 6-21. Now in its third year, this fun event is, to some extent, guided by the over-16s audience.