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Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana sign up for Wright’s ‘Hanna’


While promoting last year’s “The Soloist,” director Joe Wright (“Pride & Prejudice”) told reporters he planned to adapt the novel “Indian Summer,” about the final days of Britain’s colonial rule in India. Apparently that summer vacation is on hold.

Focus Features announced that Wright’s next project will be the adventure thriller “Hanna.” Filming begins next week in Europe. The project reunites Wright with “Atonement” star, and Academy Award nominee, Saoirse Ronan. Joining her will be Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana.

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl who has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider. These come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Sweden. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin.

The turning point in Hanna’s adolescence is a sharp one. She’s sent into the world by her father on a mission, journeying stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Blanchett).

It sounds a bit like “Nancy Drew” mixed with “Spy Kids” and “Mission: Impossible.” But Wright is a subtle and strong filmmaker, and the cast should elevate any material.

James Schamus, Focus Features CEO, said, “We’re so pleased to reunite with Saoirse and Joe for Hanna – Focus’ biggest production yet. With Saoirse taking on such a demanding role opposite Cate and Eric, this movie will be not only breathlessly exciting but also emotionally affecting.”

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    this sounds like a very interesting movie, I can’t wait to see some stills from it once they start shooting

  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Saoirse Ronan is really making a name for herself, good for her

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