Everything We Know So Far About New Saoirse Ronan Film See How They Run
You won't want to miss this comedic whodunnit
This year has shaped up to be a fantastic one for film – and it’s far from over. This September we’re gearing up for the release of See How They Run, an exciting new comedic murder mystery starring Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan. Find out all you need to know about the film before its upcoming release below.
See How They Run: Everything We Know So Far
The plot of See How They Run takes audiences back in time to 1950s London, where a popular play is in the midst of being adapted into a Hollywood blockbuster by film director Leo Köpernick. Unfortunately for Köpernick, his plans come to a grinding halt when he is found dead in the West End theatre from which the play is being performed.
As the murder mystery genre would have it, a ‘world-weary’ detective, Inspector Stoppard, is called to the scene to uncover out the identity of the murderer. He’s joined by rookie Constable Stalker, who’s eager to work on the case and find the culprit as soon as possible (much to the frustration of the Inspector). The production’s cast and crew lay at the heart of the suspect list, and it’s up to the duo to work their way through and untangle the web of connections, rivalries and sordid affairs.
The classic ‘whodunnit’ formula – a nostalgic reference to the era of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – stays central to the plot, but it’s the added element of comedy that is set to bring See How They Run to a much (and more modern) wider audience.
Speaking about the film to The Guardian, director Tom George said: ‘There’s a lovely inbuilt tension that comes with combining a period thing with a modern point of view. The film is set in 1953, but it only functions if you know the history of murder mysteries. The genre is almost the main character. The audience is aware of the conventions. And we’re aware that they’re aware. All of that can add texture and comedy. But it’s a potential trap as well, because you don’t want to come across as too knowing, too arch.’
For the actors involved, the characters are just as important as the story when it comes to setting up a good fictional landscape, as Saoirse Ronan noted: ‘To me, it’s less about who done it and more about being introduced to all these colourful characters. That’s the drama, I suppose, but it’s almost like a soap. The script is basically me and Sam’s character walking around and interviewing people, like you’re doing right now. The actors get a few minutes to shine. And we sit in the corner playing the observer, making notes, like eejits. That’s how these films work, so why mess with the formula?’
The film has secured quite a mega cast, with Oscar-winning actor Sam Rockwell (Jojo Rabbit, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) stepping into the shoes of Inspector Stoppard and Golden Globe Award winner Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, The French Dispatch and Little Women) playing Constable Stalker. Adrien Brody (Peaky Blinders, Blonde) takes on the role of Hollywood director and murder victim Leo Köpernick.
There’s a slew of other famous names on the cast list, including Fleabag‘s Sian Clifford, SAG Award-winner David Oyelowo, celebrated actress Ruth Wilson MBE and the iconic Shirley Henderson (of Bridget Jones and Harry Potter fame), to name a few.
Searchlight Pictures released a trailer for See How They Run back in June, unveiling the film’s star-studded cast and giving fans a taste of what to expect. In particular, we’re treated to the comedic back-and-forth between Rockwell and Ronan’s characters, with the detective exasperatedly putting a stop to the constable’s finger-pointing and conclusion-jumping.
You can watch the trailer below:
See How They Run is scheduled for cinematic release in the UK on 9 September 2022.
Want to get in on the action? London’s Everyman Theatre has partnered with Jaguar to host an immersive experience event on 9 September 2022 to coincide with the premiere of See How They Run. Guests, who have the option of attending in 1950’s black tie, are tasked with solving their very own murder mystery case as they mingle with glamorous actors and swap gossip with London socialites. Spend the evening dancing to a live jazz band, sipping on cocktails and interrogating suspects, all in the name of helping the police catch their killer – and when the case is closed, head into the cinema for a special screening of See How They Run. Let the excitment begin. For more information and to book tickets, visit everymancinema.com
Featured image: Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan in the film SEE HOW THEY RUN. Photo by Parisa Taghizadeh. © 2021 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved
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