Saoirse Ronan Called to the 'Order of Seven'

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Looks like all those kung fu lessons in "Hanna" paid off.

Saoirse Ronan will actually let other cast members handle the martial arts in "Order of Seven," Disney's long in-development project that was originally conceived as an Asian-flavored retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," according to Variety.

Ronan will play the role of Olivia Sinclair, a British expat in 19th century Hong Kong who seeks the protection of a centuries-old group of warriors who are now a jaded gang of outlaws. After the reemergence of an ancient evil empress, Sinclair helps the warriors reclaim their destiny and noble roots.

Disney began developing the film over a decade ago with Michael Chabon penning a script called "Snow and the Seven," which incorporated familiar elements such as a magic mirror and an evil stepmother. With not one but two new takes on "Snow White" ready to come out this year, Disney has dropped all ties to the classic tale with a new script delivered by Jayson Rothwell and Michael DeBruyn.

The studio is hoping to cast the "Seven" with well-known stars in China, Russia and Japan to boost the international appeal. Michael Gracey, a commercial director and visual effects supervisor, will be making his feature directorial debut with the film.

Saoirse Ronan is red-hot after her turns in both "The Lovely Bones" and last year's awesome thriller/dark fairy tale, "Hanna." She's currently in post production on Neil Jordan's vampire film, "Byzantium," and will be playing the coveted role of Melanie Stryder in Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's non-"Twilight" novel, "The Host." She was also recently cast in the war drama, "How I Live Now."

"Order of Seven" will begin production this fall.