With "The Lovely Bones" still waiting to hit most theaters, it has been announced that its leading lady, Saoirse Ronan, will be returning to work with the man who made her a star back in 2007. The Hollywood Reporter's blog reports that Saoirse will be reteaming with director Joe Wright as the title character in his action drama, "Hanna."
Joe Wright is best known for his period pieces: "Pride & Prejudice" in 2005 with Kiera Knightly and then "Atonement" in 2007, also starring Kiera and introducing Saoirse. Though he stepped outside the box this year with "The Soloist" (by that we mean the film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. didn't bring back either of his favorite young actresses), "Hanna" seems like another big step away from his period film trap.
THR reports the story is about "a 14-year-old Eastern European girl (Saoirse) who has been raised by her father to be a cold-blooded killing machine. She connects with a French family, forms a friendship with their daughter and goes through the pangs of adolescence. When the girl is dragged back to her father's world and discovers that she was bred as a killing machine in a CIA prison camp, she must fight her way to a free life."
While the plot is unique to Joe Wright's film scope, this sounds like a revamp of J.J. Abrams' four-season television show "Alias" (the spy drama that put Jennifer Garner on the map). A spoiler alert to those who have not seen the show, but Jennifer's Sydney Bristow discovers the same thing had been happened to her during the course of the show.
It is still an interesting concept, and it will be nice to see the always wonderful Saorsie in an action role. All of Joe's films have been a feast for the senses and Saoirse is always a treat in her roles (in spite of reviews thus far for "The Lovely Bones"), so "Hanna" will definitely stay on our radar as it heads into production.
What do you think of Saoirse being cast as an assasin?