Pics: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan Travel Back to Victorian Era on Set of 'Ammonite'
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Winslet plays pioneering fossil collector Mary Anning, who embarks on a romantic relationship with a young woman played by Ronan, in the controversial period drama.

AceShowbiz - Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan were spotted filming "Ammonite" in London on Wednesday, April 17. The two actresses channeled ladies from the Victorian era in their classic garb, as the film is set in 1840s England.

Winslet donned a red dress with white collar and a pair of dull-looking shoes. She flashed a huge smile while being surrounded by the crew, as she was leaving the set after wrapping the filming of a scene. She was seen heading into a car.

Ronan wore a more flamboyant costume, which included a white patterned dress with a red bow on the neck. Making her look unusual was her stylish and modern shades, which were an unlikely accessory to her traditional outfit.

The "Lady Bird" star was seen talking to a guy, possibly a male actor, when leaving a building. She had an assistant who helped shield her from the direct sunlight with an umbrella, as she walked along with some extras who were dressed in similar classic costumes.

The Academy Award-winning "Titanic" actress, Winslet, plays pioneering fossil collector, dealer and paleontologist Mary Anning, who is involved in a romantic relationship with a young woman, played by Ronan, in the period drama. The movie is based on the real-life story of the fossil hunter.

The movie has raised controversy with its gay-storyline. Barbara Anning, a distant niece who still lives near the Jurassic Coast where the fossil hunter made many discoveries, insisted there was no proof Anning was ever in a same-sex relationship. The niece also questioned the casting choice.

"I believe if Mary Anning was gay she should be portrayed as gay and this should also be by a gay actress," she told The Telegraph, before adding, "But do not believe there is any evidence to back up portraying her as a gay woman... I believe Mary Anning was abused because she was poor, uneducated and a woman. Is that not enough?"

Defending the plot, the movie's director Francis Lee said, "Given a historical figure where there is no evidence whatsoever of a heterosexual relationship, is it not permissible to view that person within another context?"

No release date is set for the movie just yet.

1. Back to the 19th Century


Back to the 19th Century
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Kate Winslet wore a traditional costume on the set of "Ammonite".

2. Call It a Day


Call It a Day
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The "Titanic" actress headed to a car as she wrapped up the filming of a scene.

3. Controversial Storyline


Controversial Storyline
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Winslet plays paleontologist Mary Anning, who is depicted as having a romantic relationship with a young woman.

4. Channeling Lady From the Victorian Era


Channeling Lady From the Victorian Era
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Saoirse Ronan was also spotted on the set in London, England.

5. A Mix of Modern and Classic


A Mix of Modern and Classic
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The 25-year-old actress wore sunglasses to shield her eyes from the sunlight, while still donning her classic costume.

6. The Lady Love


The Lady Love
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She plays the love interest of Winslet's character.

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